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390 Fifth Avenue, The Gorham Building - Individual Landmark, application for replacement of windows

WHEREAS, 390 Fifth Avenue (SW corner of West 36th Street), The Gorham Building is an individual NYC Landmark which has applied for replacement of windows; and

WHEREAS, This 1906 building was designed by McKim Mead & White for Gorham, the famous jewelers in the style of an Italian Renaissance "palace', and

WHEREAS, The owner has proposed to LPC to replace 120 wood frame windows from the 3rd to the 8th floors of this building with aluminum windows to be painted with a baked on finish to resemble the original color of the wood framed windows; and

WHEREAS, The condition of the old wood framed windows is very  poor and they cannot be repaired and maintained because the crowning building cornice extends ten feet from the building facade making the rigging of scaffolding very difficult; and

WHEREAS, The new aluminum windows will have the same appearance as the old one-over-one wood windows and the original brick molding around the windows will be preserved; and

WHEREAS, Similar aluminum framed windows have been installed in other historic buildings with LPC approval; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the replacement of the wood windows at 390 Fifth Avenue with aluminum windows to be finished to match the original paint color of the wood windows.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 6 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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