Landmarks to consider Lord & Taylor’s 5th Ave. bldg.

Hearing set for August 7th. On July 17, 2007, Landmarks voted unanimously to consider the Lord & Taylor building on 424 Fifth Avenue at West 38th Street for individual designation. Architectural firm Starrett & Van Vleck designed the 1914 building, and was also responsible for other iconic department stores, including the landmarked Saks Fifth Avenue building. Landmarks’ research department found that the Lord & Taylor building appeared to be Starrett & Van Vleck’s first department store commission.

Built in an Italian Renaissance revival style, the building was Lord & Taylor’s second flagship store. Landmarks voted in 1977 to designate the original 1870 Lord & Taylor store at 901 Broadway at 20th Street. The company considered the Fifth Avenue location more upscale due to its proximity to Tiffany’s and other fashionable stores. The building’s notable features include a projecting copper cornice, and a two-story colonnade on top of the building.

A hearing was set for August 7th.

LPC: Lord & Taylor Building, 424 Fifth Avenue (LP-2271) (July 17, 2007).

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