Rainbow Room Receives Landlord Support in Gaining Landmark Status

The Rainbow Room has been closed since 2009, after a rent dispute between then-tenant Cipriani USA and Tishman Speyer

Friday, Sep 14, 2012  |  Updated 9:36 AM EDT
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Hearing for Rainbow Room's Landmark Status Held

The Rainbow Room, seen here in 2008, received unanimous support at a hearing to landmark the historic restaurant

Those in favor of landmarking the legendary Rainbow Room near the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza received unanimous support at a Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing Tuesday, gaining nods from those interested in preserving the Art Deco interior as well as a supporter from the building's landlord.

 
Keith Douglas, a managing director at Tishman Speyer Properties, which owns the building, was one of several people who spoke in favor of the designation, according to Crain's.
 
"We have a deep respect for the history of this space and its importance within Rockefeller Center and within the fabric of New York City," Mr. Douglas said at the meeting. "Protecting, maintaining and enhancing cherished landmark properties are an integral part of our company's mission."
 
The Rainbow Room has been closed since 2009, following a rent dispute between then-tenant Cipriani USA and Tishman Speyer.
 
Cipriani first began the landmark process in 2008, after expressing concern that Tishman Speyer would turn the historic restaurant into office space.
 
Tishman Speyer had not made any public statements about the landmarking until Tuesday, Crain's noted.
 
The landmarking committee has not set a date to vote on the status of the Rainbow Room.
 

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