121 East 64th Street

Building Name

121 East 64th Street


John McCool; altered by James E. Casale

Year(s) Built

1876-77; altered in 1919-22


Upper East Side Historic District

Project Information:

A residence originally designed by John McCool and built in 1876-77, altered by James E. Casale with a neo-Tudor style façade in 1919-22. Application is to alter the façade and replace ironwork.

CB8 Hearing: 04/18/12 (Approved)
LPC Hearing: 05/08/12 (Approved)

FRIENDS' Testimony:

FRIENDS’ Preservation Committee appreciates the care that went into studying the layered finishes of the façade at 121 East 64th Street. While these studies remain inconclusive, the proposed refinishing plan is essentially restorative in nature and was found to be appropriate. The design of the new fence, with Gothic-style flourishes, is a rational choice for a building of this style and time-period. However our committee objects to the excessive height of the fence, which reaches over six feet tall at its posts. FRIENDS has been steadfast in our disapproval of outsized areaway fences because they aggressively disengage a building from the street and sidewalk. With a reduction in the height of the proposed fence, our committee can recommend Commission approval of this application.