62 East 91st Street

Building Name

62 East 91st Street

Architect

Gilbert A. Schellenger

Year(s) Built

1887-88

Designation

Carnegie Hill Historic District

Project Information:

A Renaissance Revival style row house designed by Gilbert A. Schellenger and built in 1887-88. Application is to construct rear yard and rooftop additions.

CB8 Hearing: 01/18/12 (Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 01/24/12 (No Action)
LPC Meeting: 02/14/12 (Approved)

FRIENDS' Testimony:

The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS found the proposed rooftop addition, which is not visible from the street, appropriate. Great care was given to make the proposed rear yard addition compliment its neighbors in both massing and materiality. However, the expanse of glass spanning the first and second floors, without an articulation of the floor plate, is uncharacteristic of rear facades in the neighborhood. Using historically-sensitive materials in a crisp, modernist design can work well, but in this proposal the relationship between the two is not balanced. Our Committee asks that the Commission work with the applicant to create rear fa├žade fenestration that is more appropriate.