At its January 30 public meeting, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the former Horn and Hardart Automat (Broadway and 104th Street) as the Upper West Side's newest landmark. On LANDMARK WEST's wishlist since 1985, the Art Deco building is ornamented with polychrome terra cotta and gold lustered glaze. Although a more recent storefront covers original first floor details, the building's landmark designation presents the possibility that the entrance's ornamental stonework and bronze columns may again see the light of day.
LANDMARK WEST! would like to thank everybody who wrote or spoke in support of designating the Automat. This new landmark may soon joined by the Manhattan Avenue Historic District (between 104th and 106th) which may be calendared by LPC in February. Stay tuned for details.
P.S.-For those who missed Mark Foley's stellar rendition of "Automat-ic Pie" at the December public hearing, tune into our website http://www.landmarkwest.org/advocacy/automat.html for a studio recording.