Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UPDATE: 226-228 Warren Street

It appears to be all over but the siding, and this building continues to fall short of what the Historic Preservation Commission thought they were approving. See for yourselves.

The biggest problem is that the drawing approved by the Historic Preservation Commission mispresents the size of the box windows in the "storefronts." The dimensions are given in notations on the drawing, but in order for the HPC to know if the drawing accurately reflected those dimensions, they would have had to have gone to the site and measured the building. Note too that the chimney, which was demolished without a certificate of appropriateness and which the owners were ordered to rebuild, is still missing.

So what are the consequences for building owners who flout the City's preservation laws and destroy the historic integrity of Warren Street with such an incompatible eyesore as this?


  1. *hopefully* the siding will be vinyl, then we can complete this story with the appropriate panache.

    whats next? a complete indignifying, ahem, I mean Disneyfying, of the General Worth house?

    when is the watershed moment for hudson's preservation community?

  2. It's kind of hard to judge based on the drawing, the whole drawing is out of scale to the actual building. They should have had a better drawing to begin with. I don't know why they went with smaller windows, bigger ones would make better stores, now the two roofs over the top looks a bit odd. It might look better if it went all the way across...and those doors.

    On the upside, it's only about 1000 times better than what was there before...a falling down mess of rotten wood.