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11 West 18th Street, Apt. 3W, application to replace windows in Ladies’ Mile Historic District.

WHEREAS, 11-13 West 18th Street is an early 20th Century Commercial style building, converted to residential,  built in 1921, in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, the condominium owner of apartment 3W, wishes to replace five (5) non-historic, south-facing, aluminum-clad windows on the third story of the front façade of the building, currently configured with two (2) double-hung style windows on either side and three (3) picture-frame windows in the center; and

WHEREAS, The original configuration of the five (5) south-facing windows was three (3) picture-frame windows, surrounded by smaller picture-frame windows with a transom window above; and

WHEREAS, The replacement windows will be aluminum-clad wood windows painted a dark color to match the existing windows and the other windows in the building, and configured as three (3) tilt and turn picture-frame windows surrounded by smaller picture-frame windows with fixed transom window above to match the look of the original configuration; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five urges the building owners and management to consider a ‘master plan’ for window replacement following this applicant’s example, while preserving original wood windows where possible; and

WHEREAS, CB5 reminds the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the active violation against the building for illegal replacement of historic windows to non-historic material, operation, and configuration in other units in this condominium building as noted in a resolution from March 2008; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the request by the applicant to replace five (5) non-historic south-facing windows in Apartment #3W at 11-13 West 18th Street.

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