HELL’S Kitchen, NY — A historic developing whose shuttered storefronts have blighted a block of Hell’s Kitchen area for yrs may be in for a makeover immediately after the city’s Landmarks and Preservation Commission signed off on renovation plans Tuesday.
Entrepreneurs of the Windermere Lodge on the corner of West 57th Street and Ninth Avenue are searching for to renovate the building’s avenue-level facade to incorporate new home windows and cornices, maintenance its original solid-iron columns and restore brickwork, bringing it nearer to its original look.
Commissioners unanimously accredited the strategy for the duration of their Tuesday meeting, but questioned applicants to retain performing on areas of the design and style in purchase to adhere more faithfully to the building’s unique architecture.
Considered a prime instance of Victorian architecture, the building was built in the 1880s as a residence for unmarried ladies. For decades, it was shrouded behind scaffolding as it crumbled into disrepair. The building turned notorious immediately after landlords have been convicted for violently harassing tenants, and has been vacant because 2007.
The scaffolding arrived down in 2019, but the home windows alongside 57th Street have remained boarded up.
In November, Community Board 4 unanimously handed a resolution supporting the Windemere’s renovation. The next month, regardless of being empty, the building landed on the General public Advocate’s “Worst Landlords” watchlist based on its higher quantity of open up violations.
It is unclear what the long term holds for the Windemere’s 65 dwelling models. In 2013, the Wall Street Journal documented that owner Mark Tress prepared to convert the Windermere into a luxury lodge, but couple updates have emerged because then.