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Upper East Side parking garage could get landmark stamp

George Pelham-designed structure built for New York City's earliest cars

March 21, 2014 04:06PM

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and inset, George Pelham

165 East 77th Street and inset, George Pelham

The city is mulling over a possible landmark designation for a parking garage on the Upper East Side that would make it the 129th protected site in the neighborhood.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has a public hearing planned for next week on the Ardsley Garage at 165 East 77th Street, DNAinfo reported.

The five-story building was built to house the fleet of automobiles that flooded into Manhattan in the early 1900s. Unlike the cement structures that house today’s cars, George Pelham designed this structure in the style of Louis Sullivan, known as the  “father of the skyscraper.” The garage has floor-to-ceiling, multi-paned windows, a cornice and geometric designs on the facade, according to the news site.

At least two other garages have been designated by the commission, community group Friends of the Upper East Side told DNAinfo. [DNAinfo]Angela Hunt

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