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Lost Wright: More Info On The Hoffman Auto Showroom Demolition

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 11, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Apr 10, 2013

More information comes out about the loss of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue in New York City, which was completely gutted during March 29- April 3. Although altered twice over the years, when it was destroyed it still retained the central and distinctive Wright-designed elements of the spiral ramp and turntable. PrairieMod contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to provide some aditional information regarding what was being done to...




 

 

6a00d8341bf72a53ef017d3e44a1c3970c-800wiMore information comes out about the loss of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue in New York City, which was completely gutted during March 29- April 3. Although altered twice over the years, when it was destroyed it still retained the central and distinctive Wright-designed elements of the spiral ramp and turntable. PrairieMod contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to provide some aditional information regarding what was being done to try and save this site in the months prior to its sudden demolition and for some reaction to its loss. Read more after the jump...

Janet Halstead, Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy writes: "
In June 2012 the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy became aware that the current lease held by Mercedes would end in December and contacted the leasing agent who told us the intention was to secure another high-end auto tenant. In August the Conservancy requested that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission evaluate the showroom, as a prelude to designating it as a landmark, and continued to follow-up with the city on a periodic basis. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State and the Historic Districts Council also supported this evaluation request and advocated for protection of the Hoffman Showroom. On April 5 the Conservancy alerted the city that the space had been destroyed.

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An interior leased space presents some special challenges in terms of preservation. It is not common but it is possible to landmark such spaces. There are 115 interior landmarks in New York City such as the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza, which was designated in 2012, and the lobby of the Chrysler Building. We wanted the Hoffman Auto Showroom to join that great New York list."
 
Larry Woodin, President of Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy adds:

"The Conservancy was actively involved in efforts to assist in attracting another car company to this prestigious space, a unique venue for special cars with the added cachet the Frank Lloyd Wright design. It is very disappointing that the city of New York was not able to move quickly enough to prevent the demolition of this Wright space.”

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The news of the loss of this space definitely came as a shock to everyone. The only thing we can hope for is that it spurs us all on to proactively prevent such losses in the future. Learn more about this once vibrant space here and support organizations like the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in their ongoing efforts to preserve Wright's architecture.

First images via core77.com/third image copyright Zachary Matthews


 

 

 
 
 

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