THE PAGE BILL.
SENATOR PAGE’S bill to limit the height of buildings in New York city has passed the State senate at Albany and should become law—in which case it will not only serve to keep down the mania for erecting skyscrapers, but will also cause the introduction of an entirely new style of architecture into our streets To describe its provisions technically would take up too much space. Briefly summed up: The height of all buildings, other than dwelling-houses, is to be proportioned by the width of the street on which they face —it is limited, so that the top of the building shall be within a line drawn from the opposite side of the street, beginning thirty feet above the curb and inclining to the site of the building, with a slope rising two feet for every foot of the width of the street. The altitude of all such buildings will be determined by the following principle: Starting from a point thirty feet above the curb, on the side of the street opposite to a proposed building, an imaginary line shall be drawn, inclining towards the proposed building,so as to allow of a rise of two feet for every foot of the street’s width. The apex of the angle made by this sloping line and the perpendicular front wall of a building will be the legal height to which the structure may be taken. Consequently, taking the approximate width of Broadway at eighty feet, the maximum height which the front perpendicular walls of a building may attain will be 190 feet. Further stories, however, may be added to the structure, provided that its face inclines backwards at the same grade or angle as that of the imaginery line referred to. The outer walls of these additional stories would have the appearance of a tall sloping roof. In Nassau street, which is about thirty feet wide, the main portion of a building would be no higher than ninety feet. As might be expected, the property-owners of the city are making an organized protest against the passage of the bill, on the ground that the value of their land will be greatly depreciated thereby. But the safety and welfare of the community should outweigh all such selfish considerations.