Document Type

Other

Date

Spring 1988

Keywords

Architecture, Presbyterian Church, Religious Buildings, Church, New York City, Mixed Used Sites

Language

English

Acknowledgements

The Syracuse University School of Architecture wishes to thank the members of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church for providing an opportunity for our senior students to participate in the architectural investigation of their New York City property development plans. The School is grateful for the support this project received from members of the Church who gave of their time for programmatic input and the final presentation review in a "client" and "architect" learning experience, and, in addition, the funding for the production of this portfolio.

The School wishes to give special thanks to Mr. James Britton, a member of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church and friend of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. It was in May of 1986 that Mr. Britton suggested this project to Dean Werner Seligmann and myself as a possible studio project for our students. His belief that this project could be of educational benefit to our students was accurate, and all those who participated have a sense of indebtedness to him for his insights and encouragement.

The students and I also owe a particular appreciation to our visiting critic, Mr. Steven Peterson of Peterson Littenberg Architects, New York City, for not only sharing his knowledge of the proposed project and site conditions, providing the students with a high level of theoretical discussion and rigorous architectural criticism, but also for his untiring enthusiasm for the project and its potential for architectural invention.

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Architecture

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The School wishes to give special thanks to Mr. James Britton, a member of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church and friend of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. It was in May of 1986 that Mr. Britton suggested this project to Dean Werner Seligmann and myself as a possible studio project for our students. His belief that this project could be of educational benefit to our students was accurate, and all those who participated have a sense of indebtedness to him for his insights and encouragement.

The Rutgers Presbyterian Church located on West 73rd Street wishes to develop the parcel of land that it owns adjacent to its sanctuary space. The site is presently occupied by buildings of five and two-story heights and could be considered underdeveloped in light of recent real estate developments in this area of Manhattan.

The land use in the area is mixed, basically comprised of residential streets with commercial, office and institutional uses on the avenues. The development strategy of this parcel is seen as one which should continue the existing rich mixture of the surrounding urban environment and neighborhood qualities.

In its development plans for this site, the church wishes to house all of its administrative offices in the new building along with an expanded program of spaces for public assembly. The purpose of these assembly spaces will be to provide the church and its congregation with new and improved facilities for church-related activities and to provide an opportunity to better serve the neighborhood as a community center. Hence the visibility of the church and its ancillary facilities is a very important issue in the proposed new structure.

The present first two stories of the corner building on West 73rd Street and Broadway are leased to Chase Manhattan Bank for a main branch banking space. It is anticipated that the bank will remain as a tenant with new facilities built for their purposes. Rentable office space and housing will complete the proposed building program. A portion of the office space might be given over to the future needs of the church, should its programs outgrow the planned accommodations. The housing will most likely be middle-income apartments ranging from studio type to three-bedroom units.

The current zoning regulations for this site and the building codes of New York City will provide the guidelines and governing restrictions for the proposed building. In addition, the acceptable standards of practice that apply in the design of the proposed building will provide information and methods of construction which shall act as determinants for systems such as structural, mechanical, enclosure, vertical circulation, and all-dimensional criteria.

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Typographical errors were corrected by inputter.

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