Fate of 128 E. 13th Street Stable/former Frank Stella Studios Still In Doubt
GVSHP continues to advocate for landmark designation of 128 East 13th Street in the East Village, a rare surviving stable/horse auction mart which served as the studio of artist Frank Stella for several decades. After GVSHP brought a plan to demolish the building and replace it with an apartment building to the attention of the city a year ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held hearings on landmarking the structure, and signed a “standstill agreement” with the owner which prevents the building from being demolished or altered while designation is being considered. That agreement has been extended until January 2008.
While the Commission has still not made a final decision on landmark designation, there are some positive signs that the building will be preserved. The owner has sought and gotten the building listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, which provides opportunities for tax breaks and grants for restoring historic properties; we understand a long-term lease has been signed for use of the current property; and the owner has, in cooperation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, gotten permits to do interior renovations which will accommodate the new use while maintaining the exterior of the building.