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The vast majority of testimony read at the hearing was in favor of landmarking the former AT&T Building. Some in attendance spoke on the building’s noble intentions but purported failure to connect with the street level; in Richard Rogers’ statement, delivered via surrogate, it was noted that while the tower itself has always been impressive, the successive series of interventions at the ground level have only strayed further from Johnson and Burgee’s original intention. The committee received an additional 12 letters of support for landmark status, including from the National Register of Historic Places. Ultimately, the fate of 550 Madison will likely be determined at an unspecified later date wherein commissioners will take Tuesday's testimony into account. The building's owners will continue to tweak their proposed scheme in the meantime. AN will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Honored to have been @nyclandmarks today to testify in favor of landmark designation for AT&T. I recalled writing about the design in @nytimes when it was just an idea, calling it “the most provocative and daring skyscraper to be proposed for New York since the Chrysler Building” https://t.co/ijyoHCfttZ— Paul Goldberger (@paulgoldberger) June 19, 2018
Unpacking Selldorf Architects’ controversial addition to Venturi Scott Brown’s Museum of Contemporary Art
A compromise does seem possible. Earlier this year, value engineering eliminated one of the best features of Selldorf’s proposal: translucent skylights above the new galleries and converted auditorium. Why not bring them back by saving money on the new atrium and entry sequence? The worrisome proposed circulation would be improved, as would Selldorf’s own galleries. The Axline Court would retain its function as the hub around which the various other parts of the museum are clustered, and the Gill house would remain at the museum’s visual and circulatory heart.
Such a renovation would recognize a key thing: that effective renovations must be a labor of love. They cannot arise from a dislike of what was there before. If the new addition struggles against the Gill and Venturi Scott Brown buildings, if it chooses not to understand or engage with them, then no one will win—not Selldorf, not the museum, and certainly not the village of La Jolla. The rare vitality achieved in the current building will not be easily recovered.A shortened version of this story appeared in AN’s June print issue. This story has been updated to reflect new information.