Four Manhattan buildings become landmarks

From left: the Paramount Hotel at 235-245 West 46th Street, La MaMa Experimental Theatre at 72 East 4th Street, and the two townhouses at 145 and 147 Eighth Avenue

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Four new Manhattan spots garnered landmark status yesterday, with the Landmarks Preservation Commission announcing the designation of the Paramount Hotel, La MaMa Expertimental Theatre Club and two Eighth Avenue townhouses yesterday. The hotel, at 235-245 West 46th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, was designed by famed architect Thomas Lamb and was built in 1927 and 1928. The Paramount was originally endorsed for landmarking in June this year, with the support of Community Board 5. While La MaMa Experimental Theatre club, which houses a theater and art gallery, didn’t move into its space at 72 East 4th Street until approximately 40 years after the Paramount first rose, its building had housed prominent German cultural organizations from when it first opened in 1873. The two townhouses that received landmark status, 145 and 147 Eighth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets, were both constructed in the first half of the 19th century. One Staten Island site, the Vanderzee-Harper House, was also granted landmark status. Up next for the commission’s consideration are the Greyston Estate gatehouse in the Bronx and the site of the 11th Street Methodist Episcopal Chapel in the East Village, the Observer reported.