The Tavern on the Green, in Central Park, soon to be restored
and modified with a glass pavilion.  An example of a recent preservation issue focused on
by our C of A Committee (learn more below!).

In landmarks preservation, designation is just the beginning!  Learn more about “on the ground” landmark stewardship and how YOU can participate in neighborhood preservation!


OPEN HOUSE: Get to know (and consider joining!)

the LW! Certificate of Appropriateness Committee

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Macaulay Honors College (35 West 67th Street)
Join us — admission is FREE; wine and light snacks will be served 
CheeseSticks generously provided by John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks  
Click here to RSVP or email us at landmarkwest@landmarkwest.org
Even the staunchest of preservationists knows that in vibrant communities, changes in the built environment are inevitable.  Landmarks are not frozen in time, and they depend on our constant stewardship for appropriate and sensitive maintenance and growth.

When owners of landmark buildings and sites wish to make changes, they need to apply to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for what’s called a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A).  LW’s C of A Committee is an all-volunteer group that works with building owners and their architects, contractors and consultants to advise on design and protect the integrity of our constantly evolving neighborhood.  We welcome our friends and neighbors, architects, designers, historians, attorneys, real estate professionals … anyone and everyone excited to volunteer their skills and expertise to the stewardship of the Upper West Side.

JOIN US on April 18th, meet current Committee members and others in the community who share your interest in neighborhood preservation! 

240 Columbus Avenue (then Victor’s Cafe) at the time of its inclusion
in the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District in 1990.
These meetings culminate in testimony — directly inspired by the input from our Committee members — before the LPC, the Public Design Commission, and other public agencies and forums.  We “win” some, we “lose” some, but we always succeed in raising awareness about the history of our West Side neighborhood.   
A recent preservation issue — and success story! — has been 240 Columbus Avenue (formerly Victor’s Cafe), at West 71st Street.  Thanks to collaborative efforts with the family of Victor del Corral, founder of the pioneering West Side restaurant, Victor’s Cafe, a noteworthy bas relief mural on the 71st Street facade was saved from demolition.  This important layer of West Side history — when Columbus Avenue and 71st Street was a destination for Cuban expatriates in New York City — can be experienced and appreciated by future generations.  A new restaurant, Cafe Tallulah, is expected to open this Summer.  Click here to read more about our C of A Committee’s work on this project.
Another recent issue of our Committee has been the Tavern on the Green in Central Park (pictured at the top of this post).  As we testified before the LPC:
“With this transition, LANDMARK WEST! is pleased to see the building’s restoration needs being addressed.  Over dozens of years, the footprint of the Tavern on the Green gradually increased to accommodate larger private parties and seat more guests. Slowly but surely, the historic Jacob Wrey Mould-designed core was swallowed up by expanded kitchen facilities to the West and South, along with additional dining areas encased in greenhouse-like glass on the South and, famously, to the East in the form of the Crystal Room. With the removal of these egregious additions, the Tavern on the Green can once again breathe. And, perhaps more importantly, the public can fully experience and appreciate its architectural beauty in the landscape.”  Read more here.
The proposal was ultimately approved by the LPC and the Public Design Commission, and the glass box will soon rise in the U-shaped courtyard of the Tavern.  Click here to read more about our work on this project.


JOIN US on Wednesday, April 18th, at 6PM for our first ever C of A Open House! The C of A Open House will be an opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn more about design review process and its essential role at LANDMARK WEST!.

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