A similar proposal is now under consideration for 85 Sullivan Street, an individually landmarked 1819 house with a twin at 83 Sullivan Street, which is located within the Sullivan Thompson Historic District, which Village Preservation got landmarked in 2016.
The proposal would add an enormous, highly visible, oversized addition to the modest federal style house — bigger than the actual house itself. Because of a small empty lot next door, the proposed addition would be highly visible, destroying the symmetry between 85 and its landmarked neighbor at 83 Sullivan Street, and overwhelming the historic house. View the full application here and get more information here.
Proposals like these undermine the entire purpose of landmark designation. We are pleased to report that last night Community Board 2 rejected the proposal, but it will be heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on June 4th, which will ultimately decide its fate.