I am an ordinary New Yorker who is a passionate follower of architecture and new developments in New York City and when I read about your company's plans to develop a new hotel on Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street, I was greatly disheartened to learn that the plans include razing the lovely Beaux-Arts 516 Fifth Ave. building currently occupying the corner of the site.
Elegant, classic buildings such as these are what gives Fifth Avenue the catchet and world-renowned high end image its current success and appeal is derived upon and on which your new project will seek to capitalize on. Slowly but surely however, new modern architecturally-insipid replacements will erase many of the fine but unprotected structures on this avenue, which over time I fear, will turn Fifth Avenue into yet another sterile, boxy Sixth Avenue or Park Avenue, for example.
Therefore, it would be highly laudable of your company to preserve the existing 516 Fifth Avenue's outer shell or façade and incorporate it into the base of your new hotel tower. This method of preservation-development has been done with great success in various projects around the city such as the new Hearst Building on Eighth Avenue.
By doing so, it will accomplish two important things: maintain Fifth Avenue's prestigious and elegant appearance but also provide a grand ground-level entrance for your new hotel resulting in a win-win sitution. Your project could become a fine and leading example of blending historic architectural refinement with modern, first-class amenities.
While I understand that the decision may not rest with you alone but as someone in a highly influential position on this project, I plead to you to give this suggestion some consideration and to also pass it along to the ulimate decision maker, whomever it may be.
I thank you kindly for your time.