Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Petitions for Stables and Automat

Countdown to October 17 Landmarks Hearing on Stables and Automat

The big day is fast approaching. On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold public hearings on three potential Upper West Side landmarks. The Automat hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the stables hearings will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Please make sure your calendar is marked. In the meantime, here's what you can do to show the LPC your support (and through the wonders of technology, it couldn't be easier)...

Click on the links below to go to Landmark West's website, where you can SIGN ONLINE PETITIONS urging the LPC to approve the designation of:

  • The Former Dakota Stable and Former New York Cab Company Stable (http://www.landmarkwest.org/advocacy/stables.html) - These rare examples of “high-rise” commercial stables played a crucial role in New York’s history. New York's wealthiest residents often erected small, private stables for their horses and carriages. Middle-class people, on the other hand, used commercial stables for their livery, much the same way city residents use parking garages today. The former New York Cab Company Stable (C. Abbott French, 1888-89), at West 75th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, is a bold Romanesque Revival brick building. The more subtle Dakota Stable, at West 77th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, was designed by Bradford Gilbert, the architect of the Tower Building (1888), one of New York's most important early skyscrapers.


  • The Former Horn & Hardart Automat (http://www.landmarkwest.org/advocacy/automat.html) - Located on Broadway and West 104th Street in Manhattan, this joyous Art-Deco survivor was designed by F.P. Platt & Brother and built in 1930. Telltale signs of its former use include the fa├žade’s monumental, arched show window (the better to reveal the technological marvels within) and ravishing polychrome terra-cotta ornamentation, which remain largely intact despite later storefront remodelings.

  • Please add your signature today!

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