“Bizarre” Redesign for Townhouse on Greenwich Village/MePa Border at 829 Greenwich Street Rejected

(l.) The current 829 Greenwich Street; (r.) the rejected proposed alteration

We are happy to report that a proposed radical redesign of a modernist townhouse at 829 Greenwich Street that Village Preservation strongly opposed was rejected yesterday by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The house, constructed in 2003 at the northernmost site in the Greenwich Village Historic District where it meets the Gansevoort Market (Meatpacking District) Historic District, was originally approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission with support by Village Preservation, and serves as a thoughtful transition between the residential and traditionally industrial neighborhoods. While the current celebrated design fits comfortably in both districts, the strange proposed redesign inserting huge rounded windows into the facade would have been a terrible mistake. We were pleased that the LPC agreed.

The applicant will now have the option of rethinking their design to address changes they are seeking for the house while maintaining a design that is respectful of its surroundings. As discussed at the hearing, they have a range of options to consider for doing so — watch the hearing video here. See our 829 Greenwich Street landmarks application page here.

Village Preservation carefully reviews every application for major changes to the more than 3,500 landmarked properties in our neighborhoods, provides information to the public about them and how you can weigh in on the decision-making process, and advocates before the LPC for decisions we believe maintain the special character of our neighborhoods. More here.

August 9, 2023