Preservation Issues

Busy November at Landmarks Commission - More Landmark Designations


-People's Trust Company Building


-185 Montague Street


-Ambassador Grill restaurant


-UN Plaza Hotel Lobby


-Proposed Sullivan-Thompson Historic District


-Proposed Sullivan-Thompson Historic District

It has been a busy November at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has kept a breakneck pace designating eleven individual landmarks plus holding public hearings on two other individual landmarks, an interior landmark, and a new historic district.

On November 22, the Commission designated eleven individual landmarks. The buildings included the Yale Club, 125 Park Avenue and the Graybar Building, see the full list below. All located in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood. The Conservancy had urged the Commission to designate the buildings. All the votes were unanimous in favor of designation. Only one previously heard Midtown East building, the Citicorp Center, was not included in the roster on the 22nd.

On that same day, the Commission held a public hearing for a proposed interior landmark consisting of the hotel lobby and Ambassador Grill restaurant at 1 and 2 United Nations Plaza. The spaces were designed by Kevin Roche and heralded the very beginnings of the Post-Modernist design era in New York City. The rooms were highly acclaimed by architectural writers like Ada Louise Huxtable and Paul Goldberger when they first opened to the public in 1976.

On November 29, the Commission held a public hearing on the potential designation of two distinguished commercial buildings on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights and a new historic district in Manhattan:

181 Montague Street, originally the People’s Trust Company Building, is an imposing temple-fronted neo-classical bank designed by Mowbray & Uffinger and built in 1903-06;
185 Montague Street is an Art Deco style office building built in 1929-30. Its façade is enlivened by foliate and mechanical motifs set into zig-zagging setbacks. It is one of the finest art deco buildings in Brooklyn;
The Sullivan-Thompson Historic District comprises approximately 157 buildings, most of them residential with retail at street level. Most of the buildings in the proposed district were built between the early 19th century and the 1920’s.

The designated Midtown East buildings are:

The Conservancy testified on all these items.
More on the Midtown East buildings and Testimony here.