On their third try, developers won approval to turn the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist on 96th street and Central Park West into condos.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission relented after the architects removed windows from the Central Park West and 96th street sides.
The architects will be allowed to remove the religious-themed stained glass window facing Central Park West, although they’ll have to add some sort of appropriate “textured” window, wrote Evan Bindelglass at Curbed. The removal of that window remained controversial, though, and resulted in a 7-3 vote in favor of approval.
Extra windows will be added to the West and North sides of the building, which are much less visible as they face other buildings. But losing six windows facing the park could make it harder to sell the location’s awesome park views.
That sad, living in a former church could be pretty cool. Check out this apartment in an old Fort Greene church.
For more photos and analysis of this project, check out Curbed.
The image below shows the church as it is now, as it looked in the architects’ previous proposal and as it looked in the most recent proposal. Click to enlarge.