965fifthave965 Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side Historic District

A Classicizing Modern style apartment building designed by Irving Margon and built in 1937. Application is to alter window openings.

CB8 Hearing: 07/15/13 (Window Design Approved; Center Window Alteration Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 08/13/13 (Approved with Modifications)

FRIENDS Testimony: The proposed window replacements, enlargements, and new openings at the 18th and 19th floors of 965 Fifth Avenue maintain a similar placement, articulation, and materiality of the existing fenestration. Furthermore, most of these openings are only slightly visible from the street behind setbacks, parapets, and railings.

However, the committee questions the choice of window color. The majority of the building’s windows—many of which seem original—are a pale tan. While penthouse level windows sometimes differ from those below, the use of a tan color would foster consistency. Furthermore, FRIENDS urges the building owner to implement a window master plan to facilitate these types of changes and to protect the integrity of this Classicizing Modern design.

With the application modified to incorporate an appropriate window color, the Preservation Committee at FRIENDS can support the Commission’s approval of this application.