The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is currently reviewing proposals from the Whitney Museum of American Art to renovate and expand Roy Lichtenstein’s West Village Studio at 741/745 Washington Street in Manhattan. If approved, the 9,000 square foot building would receive a one-story brick addition facing Washington Street, new windows to replace an existing garage door on the ground floor, new partitions staircase and elevator and a chimney extension to bring up the building. to modern code.
Johnston Marklee & Associates was selected by the museum as official architect.
The property was originally built in the 1920s and served as Lichtenstein’s personal artist studio from the late 1980s. In February 2022, Dorothy Lichtenstein, the widow of Roy Lichtenstein, announced that the studio would be given to support the museum’s independent study program. Known simply as ISP, the highly selective annual program invites 15 students to pursue artistic practices, curatorial work, art history fellowships and critical writing.
During the summers, when not in use by ISP, the building will host artist residencies, educational programs for teens and adults, teacher trainings, and more.
The property’s location in Manhattan’s historic Greenwich Village neighborhood requires the museum to receive a certificate of suitability from the LPC before construction can begin. The project team presented initial proposals to the PLC on August 9 and the commissioners have yet to give an official response.
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