More News on 510 Fifth Avenue
March 18th, 2011, 10:04 am
MAS testified on Tuesday at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) regarding proposed changes to the recently designated Manufacturers Trust Company Building at 510 Fifth Avenue. The proposal before the LPC was for restorative work and alterations to allow for the ground floor to be divided to accommodate new retail uses. MAS praised the project’s significant amount of restoration work, but raised concerns about some of the alterations. The Manufacturers Trust Company Building is one of New York City’s most important examples of mid-century modernism. MAS made the case, that as such, it is critical to retain as much of the original fabric, and restore as much of the original design intent as possible, while at the same time allowing for a new use. Given the almost complete transparency and extremely fine and minimal design of the building, it is challenging to alter it in an unobtrusive and appropriate manner. MAS made a number of specific design recommendations that would allow for retail to be introduced, while protecting one of New York City’s finest modern buildings. Read the testimony in its entirety.