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39 East 67th Street

Building Name

39 East 67th Street

Architect

D. & J. Jardine

Year(s) Built

1876-1877

Alterations

Present façade designed by Ernest Flagg, constructed 1903-04

Application Description

Replace dormers, modify the rear facade and el, and construct a rooftop addition

39 East 67th Street
Project Information:

A Beaux-Arts style building designed by D. & J. Jardine and constructed in 1876-1877 (present façade designed by Ernest Flagg and constructed in 1903-04). Application is to replace dormers, modify the rear facade and el, and construct a rooftop addition.

CB8 Hearing — 04/15/2019 (Approved)

LPC Hearing — 05/14/2019

FRIENDS' Testimony:

The rooftop bulkhead, while very large, is minimally visible.

As for the rear of the building, the Preservation Committee does not object to the removal of the existing L-shaped extension, but the composition contains far too much glazing for a secondary façade. The applicant showed a number of Modern precedents throughout the neighborhood; however all were primary façades designed during the Modern era and completed decades prior to designation. Additionally, FRIENDS objected to all three of the recent precedents shown by the applicant for contemporary rear façades when they came before the LPC. And so we continue to be steadfast in our opposition to large expanses of glass at the rear.

On the front façade, the design team proposes to restore the dormer windows in the mansard roof to their original configuration, but shows enlarged casement windows in place of the one-over-one double hung sash which would have been historically appropriate. We ask for a full restoration of these windows to their historical condition both in terms of operation and size.

We respectfully ask the Commission to work with the applicant to achieve a more appropriate design for the rear façade and dormer windows.

Thank you.