28-30 East 92nd Street
Henry J. Hardenbergh
Combine the buildings, alter the areaways, and construct rooftop and rear yard
Carnegie Hill Historic District
Two Renaissance Revival style row houses designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh and built in 1892-95. Application is to combine the buildings, alter the areaways, and construct rooftop and rear yard additions
CB8 Hearing: 04/15/13 (Rooftop Addition Disapproved; Remaining Approved)
LPC Hearing: 04/23/13 (Laid Over); 05/07/13 (No Action); 06/11/13 (Approved with Modifications); 10/20/15 (Approved)
The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS can support some of the proposed changes to 28-30 East 92nd Street. The stoop to be removed is not historic and the other areaway alterations maintain the residential character of the street. The rear yard addition was also found to be acceptable but we ask that the decorative spandrel at the bottom of the triple-height bay window be retained.
The rooftop addition, mechanicals, and acoustic baffles, however–which rise a combined 28 ½ feet above the historic building–are extremely visible and inappropriate in scale and materials. Our committee urges the Commission to work with the applicant in reducing this massing and minimizing their visual impact before approving this proposal.