The West Village is a hotbed of activity. Some very high-profile projects will see the old make way for the new. One residential project recently approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission is, however, much lower in profile. The two-unit residential building at 83 Horatio Street will grow in size, but be converted to single-family use.
The three-story-tall Greek Revival-style house, located between Washington and Greenwich streets, was built between 1852 and 1853. It fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction with the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District in 1969.
In July of 2016, a proposal from Brooklyn-based Union Street Studio called for turning the attic into a usable fourth floor, adding a fifth floor on top of that, demolishing the existing year yard addition, and expanding the full height of the rear to the depth of its easterly neighbor. Restorative work was also to have been executed. At that time, the commissioners were uncomfortable with the visibility of the rear expansion, which could be seen from Gansevoort Street and the High Line.
On Tuesday, February 21, the applicant’s design team went before the LPC with a scaled down proposal. The attic would still be converted into a usable fourth floor with a terrace space on the front, and a stair bulkhead would reach almost the height of the previously-proposed fifth floor. However, the fifth floor won’t exist. Additionally, the fourth floor of the rear expansion will be treated differently, so as to show that it the full-use floor is new and the lower floor’s windows will be smaller.
Restoration work, including a new cornice, new windows, and more, will still be undertaken. Existing wrought-iron railings at the areaway will be maintained.
The commissioners didn’t really have anything substantial to say about the revised proposal and approved it unanimously.