Letters to the editor, Jan. 12

Modern look no match for historical building

Gramercy Park residents and other New Yorkers have for decades enjoyed the historic 19th century interiors of The National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South. I am very disturbed that in recent months the interiors of this National Landmark building have been substantially altered by a painfully unsuccessful effort to introduce modernistic design elements into its 19th century Arts and Crafts rooms, making them unsightly.

To be more specific, a decorator has lit the Club’s dining room throughout with teal blue fluorescent light, back lit the dining room’s historic stained glass with the same hideous blue light, and has replaced the dining room chairs with ones upholstered in loud teal blue leather. Continue reading