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101 East 15th Street – Daryl Roth Theatre, (Union Square Savings Bank) - Application for installation of light fixtures at windows and cornices for architectural lighting of the facade.

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 33 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 20 Union Square East, originally the Institution for the Savings of Merchants' Clerks, later Union Square Savings Bank, then American Savings Bank, was built in 1905-07 to the designs of Henry Bacon, and was designated an individual NYC Landmark in February 1996; and

WHEREAS, The building's main feature is the classic Corinthian colonnade, including four columns, which was designed by Bacon whose best known work is the Lincoln Memorial; and

WHEREAS, The current occupant of the building, The Daryl Roth Theatre, proposes the addition of LED up-lighting at each of five windows facing 15th street, at the entrance portico on Union Square East, along the entire length of the cornice line to illuminate the parapet; all of these fixtures would be concealed from view at street level; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has also proposed to install down-lights along the length of both facades, mounted to a continuous armature attached to the parapet above the cornice line, the connection of this armature to be concealed from street level view; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant presented photographs of lighting mock ups that showed both the up-lighting and the down-lighting to demonstrate the effect intended by the installation and its effect on neighboring properties; and  

WHEREAS, The design and location of the proposed fixtures was such, that though effective light levels were created, the area of the lighting was very controlled so as to focus the lighting on the building façade and not at neighboring properties; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the new architectural lighting for the Daryl Roth Theatre at 101 East 15th Street.

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