Earlier this month, we reported on plans moving forward for the iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park. Since then, the action has moved from the field to the hearing room.
The City’s multi-agency team and contracted architects have shopped their proposal for what is being termed the “shell and core” restoration of the building before Community Boards (including the West Side’s own CB7 Preservation Committee, on February 9th) and, on Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
Along with preservation colleagues like the Historic Districts Council (HDC) and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts (connect with them here and here), LW! took to the podium before the LPC. As we stated in testimony, “[t]he restoration of the Tavern on the Green to its former glory is an incredible contribution to the long history of this site.” We’re thrilled! Alas, “that restoration alone is not ‘enough’ and that an addition is also proposed is predictable” (copy our statement available here).
From LW’s statement to the LPC:
LW! is not opposed to new design at the Tavern on the Green site in principle, but a legendary destination and a handsomely designed building such as this deserves something far more sympathetic; a quietly masterful note of our time. The pavilion proposed is a hefty glass-and-metal box that does nothing but hide what is most exciting about the building’s primary facade: the East-facing central bay.