1318 Madison Avenue
Gilbert A. Schellenger
Carnegie Hill Historic District
A Renaissance Revival style rowhouse designed by Gilbert A. Schellenger and built in 1889-90. Application is to construct a rear yard addition.
CB8 Hearing: 10/16/17 (Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 10/24/17 (Approved)
We worry that an additional rear yard extension will worsen the problem of this already-cramped rear yard space. It appears as though most of the rear yard extensions in this area of the block were constructed prior to designation, so this application presents an opportunity to design something with more consideration to its context. To us, it would be preferable if the addition did not extend to almost the full depth of the lot, in order to preserve quality of life for the neighbors and protect what little is left of the donut. In addition, while the iron canopy on the facade is quirky, we agree that it is an unnecessary addition to the streetscape. We urge the Commission to work with the applicant on a less intrusive rear yard extension.