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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Greater East Midtown

Greater East Midtown


On May 10th 2016 the Landmarks Preservation Commission
(LPC) launched a proposal to further preserve and protect historic resources in Greater East Midtown. At a public meeting, the agency identified 12 buildings that merit designation and contribute to the rich historical and architectural context of the area. The proposal is part of the administration’s larger effort to plan for the future of one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods.

Last year, LPC presented its existing work to the East Midtown Steering Committee, which was established by Mayor de Blasio in May 2014 as part of a multi-part strategy to strengthen East Midtown as a world-class 21st Century commercial district. The Steering Committee, Co-Chaired by Council Member Daniel Garodnick and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, engaged a broad range of stakeholders to identify long-term goals for the neighborhood and to develop a planning framework to address issues such as density, sustainability, and historic preservation. In its final report, the Steering Committee determined that LPC should calendar and designate as landmarks as many historic resources as it deems appropriate.

The agency has surveyed East Midtown numerous times from 1966-2013, and has already designated 38 individual landmarks and one historic district in the area. Five of the properties proposed for designation today were calendared by the Commission in 2013, and the remaining seven were calendared at today’s public meeting. The designation of all 12 properties would bring to 50 the number of individual landmarks designated in this area, ensuring that the development history of this important neighborhood is preserved.

The agency undertook its comprehensive Greater East Midtown study with the goal of preserving the neighborhood’s development history through individual designations. The study area consists of East 39th to East 57th Streets, from Fifth Avenue to Second Avenue. After extensive research, the agency identified properties from three key eras central to the development of the neighborhood, and which complement existing designations: Pre-Grand Central Terminal (residential and institutional development through the 1910s); Grand Central/Terminal City (buildings constructed in Terminal City or that were spurred by transit improvements); and Post Grand Central (buildings constructed after 1933).

Pre-Grand Central Terminal Era:
Commissioners voted to calendar the Minnie E. Young Residence at 19 East 54th Street and the Martin Erdmann Residence at 57 East 57th Street. These houses represent the period prior to the construction of Grand Central Terminal, when the area around Fifth Avenue in East Midtown was a prestigious residential enclave. The Commission has already designated numerous sites associated with this era, including Villard Houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Plant House.
Minnie E. Young House, 19 East 54th Street Minnie E. Young House, 19 East 54th Street | Statement of Significance
Martin Erdmann Residence, 57 East 57th Street Martin Erdmann Residence, 57 East 57th Street | Statement of Significance

Grand Central/Terminal City Era:
Grand Central/Terminal City Era buildings were spurred by transit improvements, such as the elimination of steam locomotives in the early 1900s and the construction of Grand Central Terminal. The agency identified nine buildings from this era, including six skyscrapers and three hotels: 18 East 41st Street Building, the Hampton Shops Building at 18-20 East 50th Street, the Yale Club of New York at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, the Pershing Square Building (previously calendared) at 125 Park Avenue, the Graybar Building (previously calendared) at 420 Lexington Avenue, 400 Madison Avenue, the Shelton Hotel (previously calendared), the Beverly Hotel (previously calendared), and Hotel Lexington (previously calendared).  Five of these nine buildings were calendared in 2013, in conjunction with the previous East Midtown rezoning. These buildings are a complement to the 17 existing designations associated with the Grand Central Era, including Grand Central Station, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Bowery Savings Bank, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
18 East 41st Street Building 18 East 41st Street Building | Statement of Significance
Hampton Shops Building, 18-20 East 50th Street Hampton Shops Building, 18-20 East 50th Street | Statement of Significance
Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue | Statement of Significance
Pershing Square, 125 Park Avenue Pershing Square, 125 Park Avenue | Statement of Significance
Graybar, 420 Lexington Avenue Graybar, 420 Lexington Avenue | Statement of Significance
400 Madison Avenue 400 Madison Avenue | Statement of Significance
Shelton Hotel, 525 Lexington Avenue Shelton Hotel, 525 Lexington Avenue | Statement of Significance
Beverly Hotel, 557 Lexington Avenue Beverly Hotel, 557 Lexington Avenue | Statement of Significance
Hotel Lexington, 511 Lexington Avenue Hotel Lexington, 511 Lexington Avenue | Statement of Significance

Post-Grand Central/World War II Era:
The Commission identified the former Citicorp Tower at 601 Lexington Avenue as representative of the Post-Grand Central. The building complements the landmarked Lever House and Seagram Building, which represent the International Style of architecture from the 1950s. If designated, the former Citicorp Tower would be the youngest New York City Landmark.  The building joins eight designated sites associated with this era.
Former Citicorp Tower, 601 Lexington Avenue Former Citicorp Tower, 601 Lexington Avenue | Statement of Significance

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