2 East 91st Street
Babb, Cook & Willard
Individual Landmark, Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District
A neo-Georgian style mansion with Beaux-Arts elements designed by Babb, Cook & Willard, and built in 1899-1903. Application is to install a canopy and lighting.
CB8 Hearing: 09/16/13 (Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 09/24/13 (No Action)
Other projects: August 7, 2012
While the Preservation Committee at FRIENDS is sympathetic to the Cooper-Hewitt’s need for increased visibility on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, subtler methods have been implemented by other Upper East Side institutions without disrupting the historic character of their surrounding neighborhood. Although the proposed LED lighting and metal canopy are reversible, and these interventions would not damage the monumental stone posts and stately iron fence surrounding the Carnegie Mansion, they are completely inappropriate for this important individual landmark and the larger Carnegie Hill Historic District. FRIENDS urges the Commission to deny this application.