Renovations of Landmarked Tammany Hall Building Could Include Glass Dome and Removal of Theatre

News   Renovations of Landmarked Tammany Hall Building Could Include Glass Dome and Removal of Theatre
 
44 Union Square East, owned by Liberty Theaters Inc., may undergo a major renovation including the removal of its theatre and the addition of a large glass dome, according to DNA Info.

Built in 1929 to house the Democratic Party machine, the former Tammany Hall headquarters is currently home to the New York Film Academy, a liquor store, a smokeshop and a deli.

The building's theatre, which is rented out for various productions, will be replaced with retail and offices, a spokeswoman for BKSK Architects told DNA Info.

BKSK Architects, which is designing the project, told DNA Info that the proposed changes include restoring the facade, gutting the existing theatre and adding windows and glassier storefronts as well as a new 30-foot glass dome on top of the building, which will add about 27,000 square feet to the structure.

DNA Info reports that Community Board 5's Landmarks Committee voted unanimously to reject the changes after hearing a presentation about the proposal. They said the changes would be too drastic for a historic building, which was designated by The Landmarks Preservation Commission as a landmark in June 2013.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the project Nov. 18 before making a final decision.

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