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Application for modifications to the façade at the Ground Floor 4 West 19th Street (Ladies’ Mile Historic District)

WHEREAS, The building located at 4 West 19th Street (southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 19th Street) is a neo-Renaissance twelve story building designed by architect Robert Maynicke and built from 1899 to 1901; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant is looking to restore the aesthetic of the previously removed historic fabric of the storefront at the ground floor of the 19th Street facade at bays 4, 5, and 6, (counting from East to West), where bay 1 is the easternmost bay at Fifth Avenue and counting up going west along 19 street; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has provided comprehensive documentation of historical conditions, existing conditions, and the proposed scope of work; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has worked closely with the staff of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the application demonstrates restraint of scope and sensitivity to original fabric, conditions, materials, and colors; and

WHEREAS, The proposed materials are to match existing materials, including both painted black metal and wood and flat and curved glass of dimensions to be similar in dimension to the original adjacent fabric; and

WHEREAS, Bay 4 has non historic infill and the applicant is fully restoring it to its pre-landmarked conditions: projecting roof with show windows, rounded glass corners, and wood baseboards to exactly match the other existing bays; and

WHEREAS, Bay 5 is historic and has an existing projecting roof with show windows, rounded glass corners, and wood baseboards, but the mullions are not original, are randomly spaced and do not align with historic mullions from transom window above, and the applicant will also rehabilitate a portion of the window baseboards; and

WHEREAS, Bay 6 is historic and the scope at this bay will be limited to matching the designation photo, with work including rehabilitating the double doors and replacing glass where indicated on building elevations; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for renovations at 4 West 19th Street.

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