171 East 73rd Street
Electus D. Litchfield
An Italianate style rowhouse built in 1860 and altered in 1924 by Electus D. Litchfield. Application is to demolish a rear extension, construct additions, and alter the ground floor and areaway.
CB8 Hearing: 04/18/12 (Approved)
LPC Hearing: 06/05/12 (Approved with modifications)
The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS finds the reintroduction of the stoop to be a drastic improvement over the current, dreary condition at the front of this charming rowhouse. We are grateful for the care and effort taken in restoring and refabricating the intricate ironwork, repointing the handsome red brick and replacing the wood windows in kind.
Unfortunately, we do not have the same confidence in the proposal for the rear façade. There is simply too much uninterrupted glass. A more appropriate design would implement a hierarchy, as well as articulation and division in the fenestration. We ask that the Commission work with the applicant to develop a more gracious approach to the rear.