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A Midsummer’s Designation Day: LPC Considers the IRT Powerhouse and More

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is devoting tomorrow morning to the consideration of 5 new individual landmarks in Manhattan.

MAS is particularly pleased that the LPC will be holding a public hearing on the former IRT Powerhouse on 59th Street and 11th Avenue. Originally built to supply the power to NYC’s first subway lines, the 1904 McKim Mead & White building is now owned by Con Edision and is used for steam production. In both 1979 and 1990, the LPC considered the Powerhouse, but never designated it. MAS is urging the LPC to make this third time a charm and to designate this piece of NYC subway history without delay.

The LPC will also be taking testimony on the West Park Presbyterian Church, on 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, just outside the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. Upper West Side neighborhood and preservation advocates have long been calling for the protection of this 1880s sandstone church.

On the agenda for official landmark designation tomorrow is the St. George Melkite Catholic Church at 103 Washington Street, just south of the World Trade Center site. This church, now a pub and restaurant, is one of only a handful of buildings still standing from the time when this part of Lower Manhattan was known as “Little Syria.” Earlier this year, MAS submitted testimony in support of the designation of this 1920s terra cotta building. The LPC is also expected to vote to designate Grammar School No. 9, now the Mickey Mantle School, located at 460-466 West End Avenue. Lastly, the former “Look Building” at 488 Madison Avenue, is scheduled to be “calendared” (the first step in the landmark designation process) tomorrow.