New York bestows landmark status

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today voted unanimously to approve landmark status for two of the Manhattan skyline’s most distinctive skyscrapers, One Chase Manhattan Plaza in the Financial District and the Consolidated Edison Building near Union Square.

Constructed in stages between 1910 and 1929, the classically inspired Consolidated Edison Building was designed by the prominent architectural firms of Henry J. Hardenbergh and Warren & Wetmore. One Chase Manhattan Plaza, built between 1957 and 1964, was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the leading firm in the United States working in the International Style in the mid-20th century.

The Commission also approved historic district status for Alice and Agate Courts in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The Alice and Agate Courts Historic District, an enclave of 36 late 19th-century Queen Anne-style row houses, is the 9th historic district designated outside of Manhattan since 2002, the highest number of any mayoral administration since the Commission’s founding in 1965. The other districts that have been approved are: Stapleton Heights on Staten Island, Sunnyside Gardens and Douglaston Hill in Queens, Crown Heights North, Eberhard Faber Pencil Company, DUMBO and Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park in Brooklyn and Fieldston in the Bronx.

Commission Chairman Robert B. Tierney said: “These three designations reflect the remarkable transition that took place in New York City architecture between the historic revival styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the bold aesthetic strategies of mid-20th century modernism.

“The designation of Alice and Agate Courts is also a milestone for this Commission, as it’s the ninth historic district we’ve approved outside of Manhattan, the most of any mayoral administration, and still more are on the way.”

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