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Landmarks rejects changes to Four Seasons Restaurant interior

Commission votes down proposals by Aby Rosen's RFR Holding

May 20, 2015 12:30PM

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Restaurant in Midtown and Aby Rosen

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has rejected proposed changes to the interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram Building in Midtown.

The ruling dealt a blow Aby Rosen’s RFR Holding, which owns the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue and had proposed what was characterized as minor changes to the restaurant’s iconic interior.

While the commission is allowing RFR to replace the restaurant’s carpet, they rejected other changes to a bronze and crackled-glass partition in the Four Seasons’ Grill Room and fixed upper panels of a walnut partition in the restaurant’s Pool Room, according to the New York Times.

The Four Seasons, at East 52nd Street and Park Avenue, became the second restaurant interior to be designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989, after Downtown Brooklyn’s Gage & Tollner.

While the space in the Seagram Building would remain unchanged, the restaurant itself is looking for a new location when its lease in the building expires next summer. The Four Seasons is reportedly contemplating a move to SL Green Realty and Vornado Realty Trust’s nearby 280 Park Avenue in Midtown. [NYT]Rey Mashayekhi