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11 West 19th Street (5th Ave and Ave of the Americas), Ladies Mile Historic District, application for a proposed penthouse addition.

WHEREAS, 11 West 19th St is an eleven story Beaux Arts commercial building of 224,000 sf designed by Robert Maynieke, built in 1903-04, located in the Ladies' Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, 11 West 19th Street features entrances on both 19th and 20th Streets  and has an elegant, rusticated facade with arched windows on the second, ninth and eleventh floors, three stringcourses and a robust cornice; and

WHEREAS, The owner, 11 West 19th Associates LLC, has applied to NYC Landmark Preservation Commission for the approval of an addition of a new two level Penthouse on the 12th Floor of 7,569 sf with a mezzanine of 2,567 sf, for a total of 10,136 sf; and

WHEREAS, The new addition is set back 20 feet from the building's front and side parapet walls and will add less than 5% to the building's floor area; and

WHEREAS, The architect Joseph Pell Lombardi, a well-regarded preservationist, has constructed a wooden "mock up" on the roof of 11 West 19th St  in accordance with the requirements of NYC LPC; and

WHEREAS, Visual inspection by a member of CB5 from the surrounding streets reveals that the new structure cannot be seen from the public way; and

WHEREAS, The Penthouse design is based on a study of other nearby rooftop additions and the majority of building materials used  match neighboring buildings; and

WHEREAS, The new addition will be utilized only as commercial office space; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five Landmarks Committee recommends approval of the application for a new penthouse structure at 11 West 19th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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