We need your support in asking the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to designate the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, at 59-63 East 2nd Street, as a Landmark. The LPC held a hearing in March for landmark designation but did not take a vote at the hearing.
The Cathedral was constructed in 1891, designed by the reknowned architect Josiah Cleveland Cady, who later designed the Metropolitan Opera House and the auditorium of the American Museum of Natural History. The Cathedral fits as an historic whole with the already-landmarked Marble Cemetery across East 2nd Street. Neighborhood support is necessary in encouraging Community Board 3 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission towards designating the Cathedral as a Landmark. As a first step, PLEASE sign our online petition and please include your name and address in the comments section.
PLEASE ATTEND AND TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF LANDMARK DESIGNATION FOR THIS HISTORIC STRUCTURE!
In 2008 EVCC became aware of plans to erect an eight-story condo tower atop the Russian Orthodox Cathedral at 59 E 2nd Street in our neighborhood. Thankfully that threat is gone, due in large part to the rezoning of the East Village which prohibits such construction. But, the 150-year-old building remains vulnerable – THIS IS WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMITTEE (LPC) MEETING!
On Tuesday, March 23 the LPC will hold a hearing on a proposal to landmark the structure. EVCC, along with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, urged this designation in a letterto the LPC in 2008.
Date: Tuesday, March 23
Time: 10:50 a.m.
Location: LPC Hearing Room, Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers), 9th Floor. Bring Photo ID to enter the building.