692-696 Madison Avenue

Building Name

692-696 Madison Avenue


J.H. Valentine

Year(s) Built



Upper East Side Historic District

692-696 Madison Avenue
Project Information:

Three neo-Grec style rowhouses designed by J.H. Valentine and built in 1878-79, and later altered with two-story storefronts. Application is to replace window surrounds.

CB8 Hearing: 08/17/15 (Approved)
LPC Hearing: 09/08/15 (Withdrawn)

FRIENDS' Testimony:

While the Preservation Committee at FRIENDS is pleased to see a largely in-kind restoration of these three buildings, we are concerned about the use of GFRC to replace the deteriorated window surrounds. We question how closely the proposed material will resemble original brownstone, not only in appearance but also in its weathering over time.

As we stated in the 2012 application for St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church at 1067 Lexington Avenue, which proposed use of GRFC columns in the towers, it is our hope that the applicant will supply the LPC with a study of the feasibility of using other replacement materials such as cast stone or terra cotta. We ask the Commission to work with the applicant to ensure the use of a material that will be most compatible with the existing brownstone. Indeed, if the result is a successful match, we look forward to this innovative approach to material replacement.