Petition Opposing Cooper Union's Proposed Demolition of the Abram S. Hewitt Memorial Building at Taras Shevchenko Place
TO: Community Board 3 The City Planning Commission The Landmarks Commission The Manhattan Borough President The New York City Council
Cooper Union has proposed to demolish the 2-story Abram S. Hewitt Memorial Building which is located between E. 6th and 7th Sts. on Taras Shevchenko Place. The building, constructed in 1912, stands on New York City land and is leased to Cooper Union under a renewed 99-year lease for $100 a year. It is situated directly across from the St. George complex which includes St. George Ukrainian Church (built in the traditional Byzantine architectural style - stained-glass windows, mosaics, and Byzantine dome), St. George School/Academy, and other related structures. This Ukrainian parish has been a prominent member of the Community for almost 100 years. Cooper Union proposes to demolish the Hewitt Building and replace it with a 9-story academic building (equal in height to a 16-story residential building) that will include ground level retail space. It will place the church and school in its shadow, as well as obstruct the new Ukrainian Museum on E. 6th St. The proposed construction is not sensitive to the historic significance of the Ukrainian Community and dishonors the legacy of former New York Mayor Abram S. Hewitt.
We urge you to:
determine the Hewitt Building's eligibility for
State Register of Historic Places,
listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and
NYC Landmark Designation,
deny Cooper Union's request to demolish the Abram S. Hewitt Memorial Bldg.
Hewitt Memorial Building viewed from 3rd Avenue and 7th Street
Cooper Union plans to demolish this structure and replace it with a 9-story
structure equal in height to a 16-story residential building. The added bulk
will form a massive barrier blocking the light to the St. George stained glass
windows and obstructing the view of the Church's dome from 3rd Avenue. Contemporary
laws governing new construction demand loading bays and garbage
dumping areas, which Cooper Union says will be on the 6th Street side of the
new building - a view that will be faced by the new Ukrainian Museum.
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