Preservationists Think 25 Great Jones is Giving Noho the Finger
January 18, 2010, by Sara
The proposed facade facelift for the hotel rising at 25 Great Jones Street goes before the Landmarks Preservation Commission tomorrow. The plan's early reviews from Community Board 2 were positive, but this preview we received of the Historic Districts Council's LPC testimony should do absolutely nothing to sooth the architect's pre-LPC jitters:
HDC finds 25 Great Jones Street to not only be inappropriate for the NoHo Historic District, but also an example of what not to do in any historic district or neighborhood for that matter. The selfish design pays no notice or consideration to its neighbors. The building breaks the street wall on both sides with huge setbacks, and then adds insult to injury with a jagged, brutalist fence and bamboo, neither of which have any relation to the district. The set back exposes the party walls of the neighboring buildings, and in turn the new structure’s height exposes plain side elevations. The result is a structure that sticks out like a sore thumb, or another finger, on the block.
But perhaps there's a way to make the best of a bad situation:
We understand that the building has pretty much already been constructed and that we are reviewing only its skin. Although no where near the ideal solution, HDC suggests that the skin be brought out to the street wall to the height of the adjacent buildings in order to basically hide what has been built behind. Then 25 Great Jones can just serve as a reminder of what not to do in an historic district and of the importance of landmarking at the appropriate time.HDC LPC Testimony Archives [HDC]
25 Great Jones Street coverage [Curbed]