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699 5th Avenue, Breguet Boutique at St. Regis Hotel, application for exterior façade renovation.

WHEREAS, 699 5th Avenue, a 19 story luxury hotel known as The St. Regis, at the southeast corner of 55th Street was constructed in 1901 with addition in 1927 in the Beaux Arts style by Trowbridge & Livingston and Sloan & Robertson respectively; and

WHEREAS, The ground floor is comprised of existing non-historic storefront along 5th Avenue and 55th Street; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant, wishes to: (a) replace non-original storefront on the southern bay on 5th Avenue; (b) replace existing metal and glass storefront windows with new antique bronze & glass storefront and the ground floor; (c) replace etched spandrel glass above with watch hands attached to the glass; (d) install new limestone cornice to continue the recently approved and under construction cornice from adjacent retail storefront to the north; (e) install cream colored canvas awnings with Breguet logo and non-illuminated pin mounted signage; and

WHEREAS, The alteration to the existing non-historic arches is appropriate, as it is a continuation of the existing recently approved Harry Winston storefront and doors directly adjacent to the North and the storefront bays' rhythm & proportion and aesthetic are appropriate for the landmarked building; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Breguet Boutique at St. Regis Hotel for a Certificate of Appropriatenessfor a new storefront and door for 699 5th Avenue.

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