45 Rockefeller Plaza, aka 630 Fifth Avenue
WHEREAS, The building located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, also known as the International Building at 630 Fifth Avenue, between West 50th Street and West 51st Street, is an office and retail complex, constructed in 1933-34 in the Art Deco/Art Moderne style, designed by the Associated Architects under the direction of Raymond Hood; and
WHEREAS, 45 Rockefeller Plaza has been designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) as an individual landmark, and has also been designated as a National Historic Landmark; and
WHEREAS, The applicant, Tishman Speyer Properties, and tenant, Brasserie Ruhlmann, have retained the architect, Gabellini Associates, and historic preservation consultants, Higgins & Quasebarth, for the design of the renovation of the existing restaurant, in a manner sympathetic to Art Deco/Art Moderne style; and
WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to receive a Certificate of Appropriateness to install interior enclosures and window displays at three locations along the Rockefeller Plaza façade; and
WHEREAS, Although it is an interior alteration and the Board usually doesn't review interior alterations, unless it's an interior landmark, LPC staff determined that they and Community Board Five should have a chance to comment on it; and.
WHEREAS, The proposed work does not involve any alteration to the existing masonry, cast aluminum store front surrounds, nor to the exterior of the storefront glass; and
WHEREAS, LPC has already approved the applicant's proposed change in applied bronze lettering at the exterior signage; and
WHEREAS, The applicant's proposed work does involve the application of a filament membrane to the interior face of the storefront glass in a fashion that had been historically employed, which is non-permanent, fully removable and would cause no damage to the storefront glass, and is similar to the windows of the adjacent retail tenant, Banana Republic; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install interior enclosures and window displays for the building located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, also known as the International Building at 630 Fifth Avenue.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 22 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.