Proposals to renovate one of New York City’s first examples of modernist residential architecture are now under review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Known as the Lescaze House, the property is located at 211 East 48th Street in Turtle Bay, Manhattan.
The four-story building was originally constructed in 1934 by Swiss architect William Lescaze and served as both his private residence and studio office. In 1976, the building was officially designated a New York City landmark. The home was most recently listed for $3.8 million and sold to a private buyer.
Unique features within the house include a glass-enclosed hydraulic elevator, a renovated kitchen, central air conditioning, and a large north-facing courtyard with solid glass block skylights to match the glass brick facade at both the front and rear of the building. The existing layout includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a total floor span of 4,334 square feet.
Proposed alterations at the front elevation include repairs and thorough cleaning of existing glass block windows, concrete steps, steel fencing, and window frames. Existing mechanicals and skylights on the roof would be replaced with a single-story penthouse and terrace.
The rear yard of the property would be excavated one level lower and made flush with the sub-grade conference room.
The Turett Collaborative, the architects of record for the renovation, presented drawings and proposals to the LPC on Tuesday, January 12. The application status is currently listed as Under Review.