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28 West 56th Street (Between 5th Ave and Avenue of the Americas) Proposed Designation

WHEREAS, 28 West 56th Street, a four story row house, originally was one of five brownstones extending from 22 to 30 West 56 Street, designed by David and H. John Jardine; and

WHEREAS, The building was redesigned by the notable architectural firm Foster, Gade and Graham in 1908 for Dr. j. Clifton Edgar, a prominent physician, and several of their other buildings have become Landmarks; and

WHEREAS, This building is considered an extraordinary and rare example of Arts & Crafts architecture remaining in Manhattan and it has been cited by Andrew Dolkart, Director of the Preservation Program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as "... a really interesting and unusual example of Arts & Crafts Design ...  (with) ...beautiful use of patterned brick ... to create a new and progressive dynamic street front ..."; and

WHEREAS, 28 West 56th Street was listed in the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission December 1979 Midtown West Survey as a possible individual Landmark; and

WHEREAS, The West 54 - 55 Block Association proposed that Community Board Five recommend this building for LPC designation; and

WHEREAS, Although the ground floor, currently housing a Japanese restaurant, has been severely altered, the upper floors of the building remain unchanged, but on the whole this building is considered a fine example of a unique style and period; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends designation of 28 West 56th Street as an individual New York City Landmark.

The above resolution passed  by a vote of 23 in favor; 14 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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