The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is now reviewing proposals to renovate and refurbish ground-floor storefronts at the historic Windemere Building in Hell’s Kitchen. Renderings from Ilya Chistiakov Architects were presented to the LPC on January 14, 2021 at a virtual public hearing, and the commission has yet to issue an official response to the proposals.
Located at 400 West 57th Street on Ninth Avenue, the building was originally constructed in 1881 by developer Henry Sterling Goodale and is recognized as the area’s first large multi-family apartment complex. According to notes from the LPC, the building was designated a New York City Landmark in 2005 for its “exuberant display of textured, corbelled, and polychromatic brickwork.”
All proposed work is limited to the ground floor of the building. This includes new wood cornices and pilasters, wood-framed glass doors and window displays, and bay windows. Each of these elements has been designed to match original conditions. The architects also intend to restore existing brickwork, ornamental masonry, iron columns, stone stairs, and adjacent metal railing.
Manhattan Community Board 4 voiced unanimous support for the renovations on December 2, 2020 at a previously scheduled board meeting and recommended LPC approval.
The building has sat vacant since 2007 and was formerly expected to debut as a new hotel once interior restoration was completed. The future of the property above the ground floor remains hazy as revival of the property has not substantially progressed for years.