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34 East 32nd Street (bet. Mad. and Park Avenues), St. Louis Hotel, now Hotel Grand Union, proposed designation.

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, May 09, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 34 in favor; 2 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 34 East 32nd Street, St. Louis Hotel, now Hotel Grand Union, is one of several distinguished Beaux-Arts style hotels located in the Midtown South area, to take advantage of its proximity to transportation, shopping and entertainment, built in 1903-05, named for the popular Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the St. Louis World's Fair; and

WHEREAS, Its exuberant, articulated architecture and distinctive red brick and stone facade is sits on a heavily rusticated base with projecting bays and prominent brackets; and

WHEREAS, Its ornamentation includes lion's heads and the 9 1/2 story building is crowned by a mansard roof with pedimented dormers and flamboyant copper surrounds; and 

WHEREAS, The building was designed by the architect, Frederick C. Browne, active in New York City at the turn of the last century, who is noted for Hargrave and Colonial Hotels located in the Upper West Side/ Central Park West Historic District; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five requests an Evaluation by LPC for consideration of Landmark Designation for 34 East 32nd Street (bet. Madison and Park Avenues), St. Louis Hotel, now Hotel Grand Union.

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