The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved Stephen Wang + Associates and Herzog & de Meuron’s townhouse transformation project on New York’s Upper East Side. Located at 15 East and 75th Street, the project entails combining three separate townhomes -- two Queen Anne-style, and one Neo-Federal -- into one large home for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. About two months ago, the proposal was presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but failed to impress due to several structural changes, such as the removal of party walls and the alteration of the Neo-Federal façade into a Queen Anne style, which would diminish the historical significance of the properties. With the new plan, however, the Neo-Federal façade will experience minor changes, some party walls will be retained, and the buildings will be kept to look like three separate buildings, tied together by a sunken front yard and an iron fence.
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