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Hon. Robert Tierney

Chair, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

One Centre Street, 9th floor

New York, NY 10007


fax: 212/669-7960 or 669-7955

            Re: Tunnel Garage, 520-528 Broome Street/51-55 Thompson Street


Dear Chair Tierney:


With demolition of the Tunnel Garage appearing imminent, I strongly urge you to consider it for landmark designation right away.

Built in 1922 by Hector Hamilton, the Tunnel Garage is a beloved historic structure in this neighborhood.  A quirky and unique early Art Deco building, the garage has long been held in high esteem by local residents and by admirers of streamlined ornamentation, brickwork, and terra cotta.  One of the oldest extant auto-garages in New York and a mini-monument to the construction of the Holland Tunnel, the Tunnel Garage embodies many important layers of New York City history.  It took an otherwise mundane function and expressed it in an innovative and forceful manner, creating an icon of the coming automobile age and a prototype for scores of structures like it which came to dot New York’s landscape.  On these bases, the building has been determined eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Please support the request of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Art Deco Society of New York, the Historic Districts Council, the Friends of Terra Cotta, Community Board #2, and literally hundreds of New Yorkers who have called, written, and e-mailed the Commission to landmark and preserve this building.




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