162 5th Avenue Façade - Evolution of Design / by sarkis arakelyan

162 5th Avenue, a commercial office building managed by ABS Partners Real Estate, was built in 1903, and is located in the Ladies Mile historic district of New York, not far from the Flatiron Building. SLA has been working on designs to restore historic façade details at the street level. As part of the first phase of the work, SLA designed an entryway to recreate a decorative arch that had formerly been replaced with an awkward mid 20th century design. We researched the original design, and based our work on historical photographs from the city tax archive. To gain approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, our design needed to replicate the original limestone, marble, granite and wood details as closely as possible. The results are shown in the bottom two photographs above. Construction of the restored arch was completed this year.