27 West 20th Street, application for a Certificate of Appropriateness
WHEREAS, 27 West 20th Street in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, is a Neo-Renaissance style store and loft building, built in 1907-08 and designed by Neville & Bagge Architects; and
WHEREAS, The windows on the second through twelfth floors were originally constructed as Chicago-style wood framed windows, in groups of three, with a central stationary pane flanked by pivoting panes; and
WHEREAS, Many of these windows have deteriorated and are beyond repair, and windows on two upper floors have already been replaced in the past with double-hung windows; and
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to replace all windows on the second through twelfth floors with thermo pane glass windows in aluminum frames; and
WHEREAS, The proposed windows will also be in groups of three, with the central stationary pane flanked by double-hung windows; and
WHEREAS, There have been inconsistent alterations to the existing windows to accommodate individual air-conditioning units, and the applicant will consider the Board's recommendation for a master plan of consistent placement of air conditioners in windows; and
WHEREAS, While the loss of the Chicago-style pivot windows is regrettable, the design of the new windows is sympathetic to the original design with a central pane as a stationary element; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 27 West 20th Street.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 24 in favor, 2 opposed, 1 abstention.