Progress on Saving “Stella Stable” at 128 East 13th Street
GVSHP has been leading the charge to save the former stable/horse auction mart at 128 East 13th Street which for many years served as the studio of artist Frank Stella. After the City heeded our call to consider it for landmark designation last year, the building’s fate has remained in limbo, with no vote yet by the City to landmark it, but a “standstill agreement” in place between the City and the owner to temporarily prevent any demolition or alteration of the building. However, GVSHP has just learned two important and encouraging pieces of information. The City has extended it’s “standstill agreement” with the owner until July, ensuring the building’s continuing preservation. And we have been informed that the Peridance Center has signed a “long-term lease” for use of the building as a dance studio, which would indicate the owner may be arriving at a plan for permanent re-use of the building. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and advocate for the building to be landmarked and permanently preserved.
How to Help:
Write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging that they move ahead with landmarking the building — Click here for a sample letter you can use.