Posted on June 13, 2019 at 11:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The Strand Book Store has officially received landmark status from New York City — but don’t break out the champagne on the owner’s behalf.
Owner Nancy Bass-Wyden has been fighting the status because of the financial burden that would accompany it.
She told the Landmarks Preservation Commission in December that requiring her to use historic materials for any work being done on the building would “destroy” her business.
Unfortunately for her, that didn’t dissuade members from honoring the 1902 building, which “exemplifies the stylistic character and technological advances in skyscraper architecture at the time it was built,” on Tuesday.
The store responded to the news with the following tweet:
UPDATE: The Strand Book Store has officially been designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Although this is not the outcome we hoped for, we'll continue to serve our customers as we have done robustly for 92 years. Thank you for your support along the way.— Strand Book Store 🌈 18 miles of #Pride (@strandbookstore) June 11, 2019
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