For Immediate Release: June 11, 2019
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Together, these very intact and architecturally significant buildings represent an important era in the commercial development and history of this area.
New York – Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated 7 historic buildings on Broadway south of Union Square as individual landmarks: 817 Broadway, 826 Broadway, 830 Broadway, 832-834 Broadway, 836 Broadway, 840 Broadway, and 841 Broadway. These historic buildings located between East 12th and East 14th streets represent an important era in Broadway's history and recognize the significant contributions that these late-19th century commercial structures made to the area's architectural and historic character.
"I am delighted that the Commission has voted to designate these seven Broadway buildings as individual landmarks," said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll. "Each of these seven buildings has strong architectural and historical significance and together they reflect the history and importance of Broadway's development south of Union Square. They tell the history of the area, from its industrial past with the garment industry and labor rights movement to its cultural significance with the film industry and the internationally beloved Strand Bookstore."
Built between 1876 and 1902, these seven buildings were designed by notable New York City architects as the area south of Union Square was experiencing rapid commercial development. They include prominent corner buildings that anchor this section of Broadway between NoHo and Union Square, and an intact and handsome block-front that reflects the late-19th century development of the avenue and broader area. They are architecturally significant examples of their style and type.
They are also culturally significant for their associations with the garment industry, book publishing and selling, and filmmaking. The garment industry, houses in many of these buildings was a major employer of New York City's working class and immigrant women, and became an important sphere through which their advocacy on issues such as labor rights and suffrage emerged.
"Designating structures as individual landmarks ensures that even with an historic district, architecturally, historically, or culturally significant buildings will have greater chances at preservation into the future," said Assembly Member Deborah Glick. "As our City continues to change, and new industries remake the tenor and feel of neighborhoods, preserving our historic past ensures that change is welcome while keeping with a community's values. Although I hope that more buildings or even a landmark district are designated south of Union Square in the future, this is a great achievement for our community."
"I want to thank LPC for their landmark designation of these seven buildings along Broadway, which comes following years of effort from community members seeking recognition of this corridor's historical character," said Council Member Carlina Rivera. "These buildings represent the pinnacle of Industrial Age architecture south of Union Square, and together they will further preserve and acknowledge lower Broadway's legacy as a center of New York City's manufacturing might. I look forward to collaborating with the Commission and local stakeholders on additional opportunities to recognize the architectural and cultural treasures in our neighborhoods."
"One of the compelling forces for the acquisition and repositioning of 817 Broadway was the inherent beauty of the exterior architecture," said Matthew Weir, Senior Vice President of Taconic Investment Partners, owner of 817 Broadway. "While in need of significant investment to return it to its original splendor, we have now completed the restoration which included a full cleaning and all new windows. In addition, the limestone piers that had previously been removed were replicated and reintroduced to the building base. The City's designation as a Landmark is a testament to the historical character of the building which through a fully modern renovation is now preserved for future generations to enjoy."
"The Victorian Society of New York wholeheartedly supports the designation of these seven Broadway buildings, especially 826 Broadway, which contributes to the distinct sense of place created by this suite of buildings," said George Calderaro, Board Member of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. "These structures are a dazzling array of loft, store and office buildings with intact elaborate detailing that fully merit landmark protection. Their designation will ensure that work on the buildings is supervised by leading preservationists at no expense to the owner, who will also be eligible to receive historic property tax credits."
"The Historic Districts Council is thrilled about the designation of these seven buildings," said Dan Allen, President of the Historic Districts Council. "They're wonderful representations of the architecture and history of this area. We hope to see other buildings in the neighborhood recognized in the future."