The 160-year-old townhouse at 75 Jane Street is a bit of a mess right now, but its new owner is trying to fix that. What might stand in his way? A hot cup of tea! Oh West Village, we adore you. Maurice Regan?possibly a construction entrepreneur?purchased the Greek Revival house (with eight fireplaces!) from controversial landlords the Ohebshaloms for about $5.5 million in March. At the time the house was carved up and partially gutted, and it was delivered to Regan vacant. Architecture firm AKA was hired to convert the place into a single-family house, and some of the more drastic changes went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week. Here's where things get interesting.
AKA proposed demolishing the house's rear extension, rebuilding the rear wall and excavating the yard. As you can see above, 75 Jane's current backside is a bit of a shitshow. The new design calls for a wooden window wall of mahogany and glass that's quite the modern look for a house with such old bones, but we've seen it before, like down the block at 92 Jane. According to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation the LPC didn't vote on the proposal because there's confusion about whether the rear extension that would be demolished, described as a tea room, is actually part of the original 1840s structure. More research needs to be done, and everyone will do the dance all over again at a date TBD. Check out the photo gallery for a look at the house's possible makeover.
· Landmarks Applications: 75 Jane Street [GVSHP]
· 75 Jane Street [StreetEasy]