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105 East 73rd Street

Building Name

105 East 73rd Street

Architect

Thom & Wilson

Year(s) Built

1881-82

Alterations

Altered in the neo-Georgian style by Grosvenor Atterbury in 1903

Application Description

Replace windows, construct rooftop and side additions, and alter the rear facade

Designation

Upper East Side Historic District

105 East 73rd Street
Project Information:

A rowhouse designed by Thom & Wilson and built in 1881-82, and altered in the neo-Georgian style by Grosvenor Atterbury in 1903. Application is to replace windows, construct rooftop and side additions, and alter the rear facade.

CB8 Hearing: 04/07/2014 (Approved)
LPC Hearing: 05/20/2014; 03/08/16 (Approved with Modifications)

FRIENDS Testimony:

105 East 73rd Street is a rowhouse designed by Thom & Wilson. It was built in 1881-82, and altered in the neo-Georgian style by Grosvenor Atterbury in 1903. The application is to replace windows, construct a rooftop and side additions, and alter the rear facade.

The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS was heartened to hear that the applicant was looking to the 1903 Grosvenor Atterbury design for precedent for the proposed changes to 105 East 73rd street. On the front elevation we found the proposal to be appropriate, although we regret the loss of the leaded glass windows. Even though they were not a part of the Atterbury design they had a history of their own and added to the character of the building.

On the rear we found the design to be inappropriately grand for a secondary façade. This same issue is carried to the side of the building where the applicant wishes to build an addition. The committee at FRIENDS took no issue with the infill as it minimally visible and non-obtrusive, however the treatment of the windows is once again too lavish for a secondary elevation.

The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS respectfully asks the Commission to work with the applicant so they might come up with a proposal that addresses the secondary façades in a more appropriate manner.

LPC Hearing: