The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

27 October 2014


Fillmore East Historic
Plaque Unveiling and
Celebration this
October 29th

Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue Scheduled for Landmarks Vote Tomorrow!

Join us Wednesday to Commemorate the Fillmore East!
Plaque Unveiling and Celebration


Wednesday, October 29
5:00 P.M.
105 Second Avenue
at East 6th Street
Free; reservations required
Event will take place rain or shine

Please join GVSHP, Two Boots and Apple Bank to unveil a historic plaque marking the site of the Fillmore East, the beloved concert hall that filled this corner with music from 1968-1971. The event will include appearances by guitarist Lenny Kaye and Joshua White, founder of the psychedelic Joshua Light Show, as well as pizza, desserts and drinks generously donated by Two Boots, Veselka, and Metropolitan Citymarket.

The Fillmore East is remembered with extraordinary admiration by both artists and audiences as a place of unique warmth, spirit, and the finest popular music.  The great impresario Bill Graham opened the hall as a sibling to his Fillmore West in San Francisco, showcasing a wide range of performers including Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Odetta, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Neil Young and Fats Domino.

The building, which is located in the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, was a destination for entertainment both before and after the Fillmore East. It opened in 1926 as a Yiddish theater, soon becoming the Loew's Commodore movie house, followed by the Village Theater. In the 1980s it was the trendsetting gay nightclub The Saint, becoming Emigrant Bank in 1995, and Apple Bank in 2013.  While the facade retains much of its original Medieval Revival style, the rear of the building, which housed the auditorium, was demolished and replaced by the Fillmore apartment building in 1997. Read more about the place and the plaque in our recent blog post.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue Scheduled for Landmarks Vote Tomorrow!

We have some good news to report -- Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street is FINALLY scheduled for a vote on proposed landmark designation tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th at 9:45 am (calendar here; public meeting item #2). GVSHP and fellow preservationists and East Village groups pushed to have the building landmarked after the historic 150-year-old East Village synagogue was advertised for sale in 2013.

The synagogue was first built in 1866 as the First German Baptist Church; in 1926 it became the Ukrainian Autocephalic Church of St. Volodymyr; and in 1962 it became the Town & Village Synagogue, reflecting the successive waves of immigration and ethnic change that have swept over the East Village. Shortly after New York's landmarks law was adopted in 1966, Tifereth Israel was formally heard and considered for landmark designation, but never received a vote. However, it did remain officially "calendared" by the LPC, or formally under consideration for landmark designation, making it perhaps the longest time any building in New York has remained in "landmarks limbo."

GVSHP and our allies have been waging a campaign to get the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote on landmarking the building. A new public hearing on landmarking the building was held on March 25, 2014, at which GVSHP and many supporters urged the Commission to vote in favor of designation (read GVSHP's testimony here). GVSHP has conducted extensive research into the building's unique architecture and history, and argued for its significance and the merit of its preservation, as well as generating hundreds of letters to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) urging designation. When new LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan was appointed in July, GVSHP immediately reached out to the new Chair and urged her to finally move ahead with a vote on designating the building.

At tomorrow's meeting (which the public can attend but at which it cannot speak), the LPC could vote to landmark the historic structure, vote not to landmark, vote to landmark part of the structure (a rear section of the synagogue was built somewhat later, which some have proposed excluding from landmark designation), or could defer again on voting.

For more information on the history of the Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue building and the effort to preserve it, click here.

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