Preservation Issues

Help us Find a Home for This Historic Terra Cotta

The giant hole in the ground next to Grand Central where the new One Vanderbilt will rise, once held a distinguished office building by Warren and Wetmore, the architects of the terminal. The Conservancy is trying to find a home for some of the salvaged terra cotta pieces to keep them in public view.

Although 51 East 42nd Street was on a list of Midtown East buildings we proposed for designation, the Landmarks Commission didn’t act on it. Conservancy Chair Lloyd Zuckerberg was enamored of the elaborate terra cotta decoration on the facades. He spent time photographing it from nearby buildings. And he urged SL Greene, the developer of One Vanderbilt to save some of the pieces as they demolished 51 East 42nd Street to make way for the new building. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer added her encouragement. And SL Greene agreed.

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Saving it may turn out easier than finding an appropriate place to display it. There have been no takers so far. If you have suggestions…or a large lobby you need to decorate…please let us know. These are wonderful pieces in themselves and reminders of the City’s architectural history.

Call for details if you are interested.
Landmarks Conservancy: 212.995.5260
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