- James Polshek, architect
- This is an historic occasion, as its the first time since the 1970s that I agree with LW!
- Agree that the existing bar is problematic, but the proposed teardrop shape is inappropriate and alien to the environment of the Boathouse
- Geometry of the boathouse works well, and should inspire new design
- (Alluding to LW! statement) The proposed bar has a beachy, Copacabana feel; hint of pergola to the design until things begin to curve, which creates a nautical, ship-like feel, like a barge that is waiting to float out to sea
- Too high (most perceptible when see height of bartender in rendering)
- Surprised that design as-is received so many approvals and made it as far as their Commission
- Believe an appropriate design would be orthogonal
Testimony of LANDMARK WEST!
Certificate of Appropriateness Committee
Before the Design Commission
Loeb Boathouse, Central Park
November 15, 2010
The design as presented today has evolved since that mid-September review. By modifying the materials selection—from aluminum to wood, from glass to copper—the reconstructed bar no longer competes with the Loeb Boathouse, nor does it falsely read as an extension thereof. Instead, it is distinctly separate and secondary. Yet for all their intentions, modified dressings do nothing if the design itself remains inappropriate. The bar’s design recalls, first, a suburban mall kiosk and, second, a beach-side rest station. But at no point a neo-Victorian pavilion befitting Central Park.