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14 West 23rd Street (Ladies’ Mile Historic District), application to enlarge existing 6th Floor and installation of interior partitions and doors

WHEREAS, The building located at 14 West 23rd Street, in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District was converted from a brownstone into a retail building by Henry Hardenbergh in 1882, and in 1892 the present cast-iron facade, designed by George H. Billings, was installed; and

WHEREAS, The site is the birthplace of Edith Wharton; and

WHEREAS, The application is to horizontally enlarge the existing 6th floor to accommodate office space; and

WHEREAS, The existing 6th floor is 545 square feet and the proposed plan will add an additional 770 square feet primarily to the back of the current unit; and

WHEREAS, The new 6th floor structure will be 10 feet high in the front and slope up to 12 feet high toward the back of the building; and

WHEREAS, The exterior finish of the structure will match the existing stucco clad finish on the existing 6th floor; and

WHEREAS, This 6th floor structure is set back 16 feet, 6 inches from the front of the building and will be slightly visible from Madison Park; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to enlarge the existing 6th floor at 14 West 23rd Street and regrets that the applicant has not made the addition totally invisible from the thoroughfares.

The above resolution passed with a vote of  35 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention. 

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