The Park Avenue Christian Church and Parish House at 1010 Park Avenue, designed by eminent architects Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, is an intact, Gothic Revival-style complex constructed in 1911. Inspired by La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the church boasts a 70-foot spire and exquisite stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Extell Development has submitted plans to demolish the parish house and in its place build a mammoth 16-story residential tower cantilevering over the church building. If prompt action is not taken this rare treasure could be lost forever. FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts urges the Landmarks Preservation Commission to schedule an emergency hearing to grant landmark status to the Park Avenue Christian Church and Parish House.
In addition to designation of the complex as an individual landmark, FRIENDS demands immediate calendaring of the proposed Park Avenue Historic District (stretching along Park Avenue from 79th to 96th Streets) a section that is in keeping with the character, history, and architecture of the other designated portions of the avenue. Since the Request for Evaluation was submitted in 2010, FIVE historic buildings situated between 79th and 96th Streets have been lost. The Park Avenue Christian Church and Parish House, located within the limits of this proposed extension, is now threatened with the same fate.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Send a letter in support of designation, and in opposition of this development proposal, to:Chair Robert Tierney New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Municipal Building 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10007
(Please send a copy to Historic Park Avenue, P.O Box 286232, New York, NY 10128)
Circulate a petition in your building so that your neighbors who do not write letters have an opportunity to express their support.
Voice your opinion at Community Board 8 meetings:
Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm
Light House International, 111 East 59th Street, 6th Floor Studio/Junior Ballroom
Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm
New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Avenue, Auditorium
*Speakers must sign a list between 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm.
Please call 212-535-2526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.