1032-1034 Lexington Avenue
John G. Prague
Harry A. Jacobs, 1927
Upper East Side Historic District Extension
An Italianate style row house designed by John G. Prague and built in 1871-75, and altered in 1927 by Harry A. Jacobs. Application is to install storefront infill and paint the facade.
CB8 Hearing: (None)
LPC Hearing: 8/14/12 (No Action)
After a ten-year battle to get this portion of Lexington Avenue designated, the Preservation Committee at FRIENDS approaches applications along this thoroughfare with extreme caution. We were pleased to see the proposal’s material choice of wood and the inclusion of bulkhead and transom elements, but the folding glass doors and revolving door were functional choices that have no relation to the historical context of the district. The intent of extending the Upper East Side Historic District was to protect the fragile character of the neighborhood’s architecture. Our Preservation Committee found that this proposal detracts from this character and that the existing storefront is more appropriate for the historic district. We ask the Commission to either work with the applicant to model their storefront on previously-approved precedents in the district or to require the applicant to maintain the existing storefront.