Remembering Joan K. Davidson: The Godmother of New York Preservation

This past Tuesday, March 27th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on a new set of rules the agency has proposed to streamline the process of making changes to designated historic buildings.

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163-165 East 78th Street

A pair of vernacular rowhouses with Italianate style influences built in 1861 and later combined and enlarged. Application is to modify an entry, alter the penthouse, construct rear yard and rooftop additions, and excavate to lower the cellar floor.

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985 Fifth Avenue

An apartment building designed by Wechsler & Schimenti and built in 1969-70. Application is to demolish the existing building and construct a new building.

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10 East 76th Street

A rowhouse designed by John G. Prague and built in 1881-82 and altered in the Beaux-Arts style by Schwartz & Gross in 1907-08. Application is to replace areaway ironwork installed without Landmarks Preservation Commission permit(s), replace windows, alter the rear facade, and construct a rear yard addition and rooftop bulkheads.

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992 Madison Avenue – 25 East 77th Street

A neo-Italian Renaissance style apartment hotel building designed by Schwartz & Gross and built in 1926. Application is to extend a permit for the temporary installation of an artwork.

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51-53 East 73rd Street

A pair of Queen Anne style rowhouses designed by John G. Prague and built in 1885-86. Application is to construct a stoop and alter the front fa├žade and areaway, replace windows and doors, construct rooftop and rear yard additions, and excavate the rear yard.

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1014 Fifth Avenue

A Beaux-Arts style townhouse designed by Welch, Smith & Provot and built in 1906-1907. Application is to amend work approved under LPC-23-00224, to modify doors, install signage, alter the areaway, and replace sidewalk pavers.

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1209 Park Avenue

A converted 19th century rowhouse with a Modern style facade designed by Lucien David and altered in 1960. Application is to reclad the front facade, replace the rear facade, and construct rooftop and rear yard additions.

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972 Fifth Avenue

A high Italian Renaissance style house designed by McKim, Mead, and White and built in 1902-1906. Application is to install light fixtures.

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134-138 East 74th Street

A Modern style house originally built in 1871-1875 as two rowhouses, altered and combined by W. & W. F. Crockett, E. P. Mellon & W. L. Smith in 1930; and an Italianate style rowhouse designed by John G. Prague and built in 1871 - 1875 with a commercial extension added

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