The Landmarks Preservation Commission will tomorrow review proposals from Madison Realty Capital to construct a new 19-story condominium building at 14-16 Fifth Avenue. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with Hill West, the tower would eventually house 20 units, but will first need a Certificate of Appropriateness from the voting commissioners.
Architectural renderings from the design team reveal a Flemish Bond brick façade with Juliet balconies, stone cornices, and decorative fluted pilasters among other materials that emulate the multiple architectural styles found in the surrounding Greenwich Village Historic District. Portions of the building’s upper floors are set back to support private outdoor terraces for select residences.
The development site is currently occupied by two five-story apartment buildings. The original structure was completed around 1848 and was essentially erased in the 1930s following a drastic exterior renovation that removed existing stoops and front doors, parlor windows, and decorative cornices, as well as all decorative door and window framing.
Today, the façade of the existing structure is smooth stucco with no remnants of any architectural significance. Even Community Board 2, which vehemently opposes the development, acknowledges the existing property’s lack of definitive architectural style, and has instead argued that the building is of “cultural and social significance.” These dissenting opinions reference the litany of famous and influential people who once resided in the building.
With respect to local community groups, the RAMSA, Hill West, and Madison Realty Capital have scaled back the height of the tower and modified the façade to better emulate the surrounding district. The first iteration of design was unveiled in 2015 and called for the construction of a 362-foot-tall structure. Current proposals specify a 241-foot-tall development that is more cohesive with neighboring buildings along this portion of Fifth Avenue, West Eighth, and West Ninth Streets.
Additional members of the project team include City Urban Realty and historic consultants Acheson Doyle Partners Architects.
If approved, the estimated completion target is in the fourth quarter of 2023.