In 2008, the New York Historical Society's plan to build a glassy luxury condo tower as part of its renovation and expansion was squashed amid fervent neighborhood opposition. Preservation groups decried the proposed tower as un-contextual and, as the co-chairman of the Park West 77th Street Block Association put it at the time, as a "great unaesthetic vertical shadow." Now, NY YIMBY has uncovered some old renderings of the Richard Meier design for the project, and while you can make your own judgments about the aesthetic value, the context criticism, at least, seems to have been apt. Of course, YIMBY doesn't see it that way, calling the proposal "a very modest, 21-story addition to the skyline."
· Vision: New York Historical Society Tower at 7-13 West 76th Street, by Richard Meier [NY YIMBY]
· Nondos: Historical Society Drops Controversial Condo Plan [Curbed]