Landmarks votes eight designations in one day

Designations include Lord & Taylor store and Eberhard Faber Pencil Co. complex. On October 30, 2007, Landmarks voted unanimously to designate seven individual buildings and one new historic district.

In Manhattan, Landmarks designated the Lord & Taylor flagship store in Midtown, the Manhattan House in the Upper East Side, and two federal-era rowhouses in the Lower East Side. The Lord & Taylor store dates back to 1914 and is an example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. 4 CityLand 111 (Aug. 15, 2007). At the hearing, Landmarks Chair Robert B. Tierney referred to it as “another landmark hidden in plain sight.” Commissioner Margery Perlmutter enthusiastically supported designation of the Manhattan House, a white-brick apartment building on East 66th Street, stating that the International-Style building set the standard for contemporary architecture. Landmarks also designated two federal-era rowhouses at 511 and 513 Grand Street in the Lower East Side.

In the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, Landmarks designated the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company complex, comprised of five buildings dating back to the 1880s, as an historic district. The designation comes after the Department of Buildings issued permits that would destroy and/or alter some of the buildings within the complex. 4 CityLand 109 (Aug. 15, 2007).

Staten Island received two new landmarks during the hearing: the Standard Varnish Works Factory Office, a Round-Arch style industrial building dating back to 1892, 4 CityLand 62 (May 15, 2007); and the Gillett-Tyler House, located in the Todt Hill neighborhood, because of its unique Greek-Revival style of architecture.

Lastly, Landmarks designated the Voelker-Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, an 1891 house and garden in the Flushing section of Queens. 4 CityLand 143 (Oct. 15, 2007).

LPC: Standard Varnish Works Factory Office (LP-2250); Gillett Tyler House (LP-2231); Voelker-Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden (LP- 2272); 511 Grand St. House (LP-2269); 513 Grand St. House (LP-2270); Manhattan House (LP-2246); Lord & Taylor Bldg. (LP-2271); Eberhard Faber Pencil Co. Hist. Dist. (LP-2264) (Oct. 30, 2007).

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