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50 Hudson Street Rendering 50 Hudson Street rendering, via Jacobson Shinoda
The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans for a two-story penthouse addition on top of 50 Hudson Street, a 1925 factory building designed by William F. Hemstreet. A request to add a garage door and curb cut was also granted.

Plans were presented at a hearing earlier this summer, but no action was taken at that time. Today, the new version revealed revised proportions that softened the addition. The ceiling heights were reduced by six inches; the window openings were enlarged; the seback was reduced to 12 inches; and a new glass corner will reference the building's existing design. Historic preservation consultant Jacqueline Peu-Duvallon spoke favorably of the changes, as did design architect Thierry Despont.

Commissioner Frederick Bland said that he liked the plans when they were presented earlier this summer, and liked them even more now. "The corner detail will be the signature of the building," he said.

Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan agreed that the addition will not cause damage to or detract from the architectural features; if anything, it is a modern interpretation of the historic reconstruction. It will be in keeping with the rooftop thoroughfare, the garage door will not interfere with the architectural features, and the curb cut is typical.
50 Hudson Street Update 50 Hudson Street, Updated Design
50 Hudson Street Existing Existing Structure
50 Hudson Street Approved Approved Addition
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