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Neighbors Want To Landmark Soho House's Controversial Site

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The former funeral home at 139-141 Ludlow Street is the latest building to get a boost from preservationists. Ritzy nightlife club Soho House had set its sights on the spot, but met with community opposition too great to proceed and plans to try again. Used in turns as the H. Nieberg Funeral Home, a parking garage, and a print shop, it has a neo-Gothic facade and is clad in brick and cream-colored terra cotta. "Its façade is completely intact and an excellent example of the elaborate terra-cotta ornament popular in the first quarter of the twentieth century," author Joyce Mendelsohn said in a statement. The Friends of the Lower East Side and the East Village Community Coalition have started a petition to landmark the 143-year-old structure, which currently has 20 signatories. They've also submitted a formal request to the LPC.

More ruin porn, this way.
· Designate the H. Nieberg Funeral Home, 139-141 Ludlow Street a NYC Landmark [Change.org]
· All 139-141 Ludlow Street coverage [Curbed]
· Preservation Watch archive [Curbed]