893 Broadway, Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the restoration and alteration of the façades of the building at both Broadway and East 19th St., and a rooftop addition.
WHEREAS, 893 Broadway is four-story L-shaped converted shop and dwelling building built in the neo-Greek and modern style in 1844, 1873 and 1975, and has frontages on Broadway and 19th street which reflects the changing nature of the development of the district; and
WHEREAS, The twenty-eight-foot wide Broadway facade dates from a remodeling of 1975 and consists of a glass and metal storefront surmounted by an anodized aluminum screen displaying signage for the Dumont Camera Corporation; and
WHEREAS, At 13 East 19th Street the building has a twenty-four-foot wide cast-iron front of the 1870s which remains largely intact save for ground story alterations and the addition of a fire escape; and
WHEREAS, The Applicant has applied for the restoration of the facades ("Restoration") of the Building at Broadway and at East 19th St; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration is in keeping with the original historical features of the Building; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration will include the removal of sheet metal, and the brick facade on Broadway and will be restored to its original condition, using cast iron; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration will include replacement storefronts on both sides of the Building; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration will include wood windows; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration will include the removal of a non-historic fire escape on the East 19th Street façade; and
WHEREAS, The Restoration will include replacement of cast iron cornices in kind; and
WHEREAS, The Applicant has applied for a single story rooftop addition ("Addition") on the roof of the Building; and
WHEREAS, The Addition will be recessed and will not be visible from any thoroughfare, at any angle; and
WHEREAS, the applicant has agreed to increase the height of the bulkheads to reflect the historic condition found on surrounding buildings with original fabric, and
WHEREAS, The proposed alterations are very mindful of the historic surroundings, and the use of noble materials such as wood and cast iron reflect the commitment of the applicant to be a good custodian of the building; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the certificate of appropriateness for the application by 893 Broadway for facade restoration on the building fronts on Broadway and East 19th Street, and a one-story recessed rooftop addition.