"Stable Row"

Parkhouse v. Stringer
A recent New York Times article (April 12, 2008, Metro Section, pB1) tells the story of Virginia Parkhouse—devoted preservationist, long-time Landmark West! volunteer, hardy citizen and, not coincidentally, target of small-minded, vindictive politicians.
Click here for the “back story” behind the Times report.


Victory!
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the New-York Cab Company as an individual landmark on November 14, 2006. Thank you to everyone who signed our online petition, wrote letters to the LPC, and testified at the public hearings. Click here for the LPC press release.

Too Late! While the LPC did schedule a public hearing for the former Dakota Stable on October 17, 2006, it was unfortunately too late. The building's owner had already secured a permit to remove historic features from the facade and wasted little time acting on it while the LPC wrung its hands from the sidelines. The absence of this "stylistic gem" serves as a reminder of how vital it is for the LPC to schedule public hearings in a timely matter. READ MORE: Click here for articles in LW! Fall/Winter 2007 Newsletter.


Former Dakota Stable
348-358 Amsterdam Avenue
 
Click here for the Landmarks Preservation Commission's Official Statement of Significance
 
 
 
 



New York's wealthiest residents often erected private stables for their horses and carriages -- many of those located on the Upper East Side have been designated as landmarks. Middle-class people, however, could not afford their own stables. Instead, they boarded their horses in commercial stables. These are of great historic importance in understanding how people lived in neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side and, as is the case with these two buildings, the commercial stables are often of great architectural distinction. The former New York Cab Company Stable at 318-324 Amsterdam Avenue is a bold Romanesque Revival brick building. The more subtle Dakota Stable is an Italian Romanesque structure designed by Bradford Gilbert, who designed the Tower Building (1888), one of New York's most important early skyscrapers.

Click below for press:
The New York Times

Preservation Online



Click below to read letters of support from:
NYC Council Member Gale Brewer
NYS Senator Tom Duane
Manhattan Community Board 7 resolution
Historic Districts Council

New York Landmarks Conservancy

The Municipal Art Society

Andrew S. Dolkart
(architectural historian)
Mosette Broderick
(architectural historian)
Shannon S. McDonald, AIA

Christopher Gray's 1987 New York Times "Streetscapes" Column




 
             
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