Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Developer Robert C. Quinlan is also a preservationist

“I add my support as an active preservationist over four decades and as a property developer in Manhattan and Brooklyn to landmark designation of this important structure.” Click here to read Robert C. Quinlan's full letter of support.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Strong words of support from Columbia University professor Andrew S. Dolkart

Says Andrew S. Dolkart, “It is time for the Commission to act in the public interest and protect this major monument to New York’s architecture and heritage.”  Click here to read his complete letter.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Says MoMA Architecture & Design Curator Barry Bergdoll...

...the Powerhouse is in a league with the Columbia University Campus, New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum and Farley Post Office.  "The Powerhouse is an excellent candidate for designation" as a NYC Landmark.  Click here to read Barry Bergdoll's full letter.

BIG Architect Bjarke Ingels Supports the Powerhouse!

The architect of "The Wave" building just south on 58th Street and Eleventh Avenue thinks the former IRT Powerhouse should stay.  Click here for Bjarke Ingels's letter.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Manhattan Community Board 4 urges that "designation be no longer delayed"

Manhattan Community Board 4's full letter is here.  About the Powerhouse, District Manager Jesse Bodine writes:

"The Powerhouse must be preserved not only as a monument to New York City's past but also as a potential great public space for its future."


"Community Board 4 urges that designation be no longer delayed. The building is important both for its historic importance and for its impressive architectural quality. And, we hope, for the potential its interior spaces offer to one day enrich New York City."

We're with you, Jesse!

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Do or Die Moment for Preservation" writes DNAInfo

'Do or Die' Moment for Preservation of West Side IRT Powerhouse: Activists

By Gwynne Hogan
DNAInfo, October 23, 2015

HELLS KITCHEN — Resistance from Con Ed has thwarted the preservation of the Interborough Rapid Transit Powerhouse, a coalition of preservationists charge in a letter to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

“The Powerhouse—a landmark by any definition—has lingered on the Landmarks Commission’s calendar for more than 35 years for no reason other than opposition by its owner, Consolidated Edison,” Landmark West!, the Municipal Art Society and ten other preservation groups wrote in an Oct. 15 letter. 

Keep reading...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

AIA NY Chapter Strongly Urges the LPC to Designate the Powerhouse!

AIA NY Chapter President Tomas Rossant writes on behalf of 5,200 registered architects and associated design and construction professional members.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nine civic groups join together in support of designating the Powerhouse a NYC Individual Landmark!  Click here to read the full letter and here to read the Columbia University report "Preserving the Former IRT Powerhouse:  A Preservation Plan."

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stanford White scholar and great-grandson speaks out

Architect, scholar, and Stanford White great-grandson Samuel G. White, AIA, LEED A.P. writes to Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan:  "...the time for action is now."
Click here to read Sam White's full letter.