We the undersigned would like to request that the Landmarks Preservation Committee reject the proposed development a 9 story hotel at 27 East 4th Street adjacent to the landmarked Merchant’s House Museum, the only remaining preserved family home from the 19th century in New York City.
The proposed building, at 9 stories tall (twice the height of the Museum) and without any setbacks, would overwhelm and detract from the special architectural and historic character of the Merchant’s House Museum. Its excessive size and bulk is not respectful of the historical context of the Museum and does not relate to its small scale.
We also request that the strictest of construction standards be applied to any proposed building on this site so that the structural integrity of the Merchant’s House is not in any way compromised. Given the antiquity of the Merchant's House and the extreme narrowness of the lot at 27 East 4th Street, this is critical.
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