What's this?a Friday afternoon historic preservation update? Hell fucking yes. But these ain't your Grannie's landmarking campaigns! Well, maybe one of them.
1) The grassroots effort to get the Landmarks Preservation Commission to finally deem Hell's Kitchen's IRT Powerhouse, the block-long Beaux Arts beauty at 58th Street and Eleventh Avenue designed by McKim Mead & White, worthy of preservation is?pardon the pun?picking up steam. On Tuesday the LPC will hear testimony on the 105-year-old building, which has been altered over the years but doesn't look a day over 99. Con Ed has succeeded in blocking two previous landmarking drives. Third time's a charm? [City Room]
2) Prefer your landmarks more modern? Also Tuesday the LPC is expected to "calendar" (which usually leads to designation) the Emery Roth & Sons–designed 488 Madison Avenue, formerly the Look Building for its old tenant, Look Magazine. The 23-story wedding cake building went up in 1949, and could join I.M. Pei's Silver Towers and SOM's One Chase Manhattan Plaza on the list of more of-the-now NYC landmarks. [NYO]
· A Push to Make a Con Ed Steam Plant a Landmark [City Room]
· Look Mag Building Likely To Be Landmarked as LPC Continues Modernist Spree [NYO]