53 East 79th Street

Building Name

John S. and Catharine C. Rogers House
The New York Society Library


Trowbridge & Livinston

Year(s) Built



Individual Landmark

Project Information:

An Italian Renaissance style townhouse designed by Trowbridge & Livingston and built in 1916-17. Application is to construct a rear yard addition.

CB8 Hearing: 07/18/22 (Approved)
LPC Hearing: 09/20/22 (Approved)

FRIENDS Testimony:

The New York Society Library is an important and beloved institution on the Upper East Side, and we generally support their much-needed expansion plan. We appreciate that they are filling in their nooks and crannies instead of building a major addition.

The proposed addition is muted, reversible, and not visible from any public thoroughfare. Overall, a benign intervention that will allow for the Library to function more efficiently. FRIENDS’ only concern is regarding the capacity of the proposed storage. We commend the Library in its strategic thinking to enable the entire collection to be stored on-site. However, if space needs increase in the future, we would encourage an exploration of off-site storage.

LPC Hearing: