801 Madison Avenue
Thom & Wilson
Carl Schwartz, 1790
Upper East Side Historic District
A neo-Grec style rowhouse designed by Thom & Wilson, built in 1881 and altered in a modern style by Carl Schwartz in 1970. Application is to reconstruct the façade and alter window openings.
CB8 Hearing: 08/17/15 (Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 09/08/15 (Approved with modifications)
This protruding, monolithic building is an anomaly among its row of intact brownstones. The applicant’s use of simplified neo-Grec details at the cornice and window surrounds, and sandstone for the upper façade are a nod to the immediate context. As a result of the Madison Avenue Storefront Guidelines, the articulation of storefronts on this block displays homogeneity, and so the new bay window adds a welcome variety.
Although the guidelines code this storefront in green and therefore permit alteration, members of the Preservation Committee regret the loss of the storefront bulkhead and deep recess. In addition, it is important to note that the designation report identifies 801 Madison Avenue as a modern-style building. Because the 1970s design does not meet a high standard of significance, we do not object to the drastic reconstruction of this particular styled building.