20 West 20th Street, application for restoration of the street façade.
WHEREAS, 20 West 20th Street is a 11 story loft building, designed by DeLemos & Cordes and built in 1901-02; and
WHEREAS, The façade is 75 ft wide, made of limestone, cast and wrought iron; and
WHEREAS, Although in very good condition, the façade is missing its historic entablature on the 10th story and its cornice; and
WHEREAS, According to historic construction reference guides, entablatures were historically made out of cast metal; and
WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to restore the façade including the construction of a new entablature, replicating the historic dentillated entablature; and
WHEREAS, The proposed new tablature would be made of fiberglass and would run the entire length of the façade; and
WHEREAS, Although a cast metal entablature would be a more historically suitable choice, the proposed work is acceptable for this façade restoration; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to install a new dentillated entablature to the façade at 20 West 20 Street and urges the applicant to consider the use of metal rather than fiberglass.