May 23, 2014
Robert B. Tierney, Chair
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, North
New York, NY 10007
Re: Jarmulowsky Bank Building Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Dear Mr. Tierney:
I would like to convey Lower East Side Preservation Initiative’s enthusiastic support for the proposed reconstruction of the corner cupola at the Jarmulowsky Bank Building at 54 Canal Street in Manhattan.
The cupola, with its temple-like colonnaded perimeter and ornate dome, was one of the most important original architectural features of the building. The cupola's placement at the corner of the building overlooking Canal and Allen Streets made the building a highly-visible and distinguished landmark and gave it an unmistakable presence which the cupola's removal greatly reduced, to the detriment of the building itself and to the important Lower East Side streetscape of which the building is a part.
We also ask the LPC to work with the applicant to relocate / reduce the size of rooftop additions as much as practicable to ensure that they do not detract from the building’s architecture.
Britton A. Baine
Chair, Architectural Design Review Committee
cc: Richard Moses, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative