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LPC gives Aluminaire House thumbs down

Victory for Sunnyside Gardens residents

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

The residents of Sunnyside Gardens won a major battle over the Aluminaire House on Tuesday.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously rejected the proposal that would have moved the house into the historic neighborhood, against the wishes of many of the residents and elected officials.

The rejection is in part due to the overwhelming response from residents at a public hearing in October, where neighbors voiced their concerns about the Aluminaire House clashing with the historic surroundings and being a target for graffiti.

The structure, built in 1931, is the first all-metal house in the United States and has been referred to as a pivotal work of modern architecture.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), who voiced his opposition to the plan, was thrilled with LPC’s decision.

“I joined my neighbors in opposing the Aluminaire House from the start and testified against it before the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it would be inconsistent with the unique beauty of our neighborhood,” he said. “Victories like this one cannot be understated as we seek to preserve the character of our neighborhoods as more and more people flock to Western Queens.”

It is unclear what will become of the Aluminaire House now that the LPC rejected the move.

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