[EVG file photo from March]
The the Anthology Film Archives takes another step today toward realizing their building "completion project" on Second Avenue and Second Street.
As previously reported, there are plans to add an addition to the landmarked building that will include a library and cafe, two amenities planned for the space ever since co-founder Jonas Mekas bought the building in a city auction in 1979.
These plans go before the the Landmarks Preservation Commission today.
And New York Yimby reports that there have are some changes to the revision and expansion:
The submission to the LPC represents a major change from the previous iteration of the plans, which was substantially glassier. The extension of the facade will consist of a coated copper base, and accents clad in corten steel will line the windows of the library, which have been downscaled substantially. Above that, the addition will feature ‘Anthology Film Archives’ in metal-mesh lettering, covering the penthouse level of the project.
Anthology Film Archives’ expansion will measure a relatively small 14’4″, and even with the extension, the structure will be shorter than its neighboring buildings.
Here is the new rendering from Bone/Levine Architects ...
...and the previously revealed rendering...
"The time came that we cannot postpone anymore," Mekas told Bedford + Bowery in January. "Because we have so much material, we have so much paper, books, periodicals, documentation on cinema that we have to build a library and make those materials available to researchers, scholars, students."
If all goes well, then the expansion would be complete by 2020, per NY Yimby.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Checking in on the 'completion project' at the Anthology Film Archives