Is the Aluminaire House Proposal About Historic Preservation or New Development? And Does It Matter?
The proposal to bring the historic Aluminaire House to an empty lot in Sunnyside Gardens is headed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as Queens Brownstoner reported earlier today—a move that seems likely to cause more than a little consternation an confusion among preservationists.
Moving the house, the first all-metal prefabricated dwelling, which was designed by Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey and debuted at a 1931 architectural exhibit, from its current site—the closed-down Central Islip campus of the New York Institute of Technology—would preserve a notable piece of architecture. But it would also mean disturbing another historic artifact—the landmarked Sunnyside Gardens.