The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is now reviewing proposals to renovate and expand a single-family townhouse in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Located at 17 East 9th Street, the four-story residential building could see the installation of a new brick façade and penthouse addition if approved by the LPC.
The structure was originally completed in 1844 and was remodeled in 1950, at which time the top floor received a bracketed and modillion cornice. Decades later, a sunken basement entrance was constructed. All of these details still exist in the building’s present condition.
For the new entryway, the architects have proposed cast brownstone stairs and adjacent landing that lead up to a new ebony-stained mahogany door. The renderings also illustrate new black coated steel metal railings, modifications to the sunken entrance, and a resized tree pit, which requires additional consent from the Department of Transit.
The proposed façade includes a new brownstone veneer at the base, brownstone lintels and sills to match, repairs to the existing natural brick, repairs to the existing cornice, and new double-hung windows designed to match the existing openings.
To accommodate the new penthouse structure at the roof, the architects have proposed the removal of all existing skylights and chimneys, as well as the stairway bulkhead. If approved by the LPC, the penthouse level will be enclosed in an aluminum curtain wall with bluestone cladding and coping. Outdoor areas surrounding a portion of the penthouse will be enclosed by glass railings.
Building mechanicals, including a new emergency generator, will be shaded in a metal-slatted screening system above the penthouse.
Proposals are mysteriously attributed to a company whose logo is a stylized “W” and do not specifically attribute the architect or the private owner.