A historic church on 96th Street and Central Park West could become a children’s museum, but first it will need a review from the city’s landmarks board. In a preview of that discussion, the Community Board 7 Preservation Committee will be looking at the changes on Thursday. The meeting will be at 250 West 87th Street at 6:30 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan bought the church last year, and plans to move there from its current home at 212 West 83rd Street.
The church, built in 1903, has served multiple congregations — most recently the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Developers bought the structure, and received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to turn it into condos. The building was gutted, but the Board of Standards and Appeals, a city board that hears zoning appeals, rejected its plans in 2016.
The children’s museum will present plans to remove stained glass windows, add a deck and make other changes. Preservationist group Landmark West sent around the mock-up below of how the deck might impact the building’s exterior.