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Towers/Additions above historic landmarks - Precedent research

  • 1.  Towers/Additions above historic landmarks - Precedent research

    Posted 09-09-2019 10:39

    Hello Historic Resources Committee Members - We are researching precedents for towers that were built or are planned to be built above historic landmark properties to include as precedents for a similar project proposal here in Austin Texas.  Current precedents include the Hearst Tower in New York City, Viceroy Building in Chicago, Opera de National in Lyon.  We are also looking, in particular, for language and presentation information that was prepared for the local historic landmark commissions for approval of those developments.  Any information, leads or direction you may have would be helpful.  Feel free to call me at the number below if you have any questions or require additional clarification on this request.  

    Thank you in advance for your help with this matter,


    Delia Meave, Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
    Clayton & Little
    2201 N. Lamar Blvd.
    Austin, Texas 78705

    512-477-1727 x 224


    Delia Meave Assoc. AIA
    Project manager
    Clayton and Little
    Austin TX
    20.09.24 John Parkinson AIAU course

  • 2.  RE: Towers/Additions above historic landmarks - Precedent research

    Posted 09-12-2019 04:44
    A pioneering example is the Boston Custom House Tower.  The Greek Revival original (1837) by Ammi B. Young received its federal office tower addition by Peabody and Stearns completed in 1915. This remained the city's tallest building until completion of the Prudential Center in the 1960s.  It was remodeled for residential use around the turn of this century... believe it is now an all-suite hotel.

    While the tower addition of course predates the National Historic Landmark system, the current building is now the center of the Custom House District, added to the National Register in 1973.

    Robert L Miller FAIA
    4158 Linnean Ave NW
    Washington DC  20008
     DC  202 966 4919  
    cell  202 631 7124

    20.09.24 John Parkinson AIAU course