HELL’S Kitchen, NY — A historic developing whose shuttered storefronts have blighted a block of Hell’s Kitchen for many years could be in for a makeover following the city’s Landmarks and Preservation Commission signed off on renovation programs Tuesday.
Homeowners of the Windermere Lodge on the corner of West 57th Avenue and Ninth Avenue are in search of to renovate the building’s avenue-level facade to increase new windows and cornices, maintenance its unique cast-iron columns and restore brickwork, bringing it nearer to its first visual appearance.
Commissioners unanimously authorised the system through their Tuesday assembly, but asked applicants to maintain functioning on aspects of the structure in get to adhere extra faithfully to the building’s initial architecture.
Regarded a primary instance of Victorian architecture, the creating was produced in the 1880s as a residence for single ladies. For many years, it was shrouded behind scaffolding as it crumbled into disrepair. The creating became infamous immediately after landlords had been convicted for violently harassing tenants, and has been empty because 2007.
The scaffolding came down in 2019, but the home windows alongside 57th Road have remained boarded up.
In November, Community Board 4 unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Windemere’s renovation. The following month, inspite of being empty, the developing landed on the General public Advocate’s “Worst Landlords” watchlist based on its superior amount of open violations.
It is unclear what the foreseeable future holds for the Windemere’s 65 dwelling units. In 2013, the Wall Road Journal described that operator Mark Tress planned to convert the Windermere into a luxury lodge, but several updates have emerged since then.