Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Historic Preservation Update - Manhattan and Brooklyn Buildings Receive Landmark Status

In a single day last week, the Landmarks Commission scheduled hearings on 1,100 buildings seeking landmark designation and took several sites under its wing- a record for the agency that's been protecting New York's historic structures for over four decades, following the demolition of Stanford White's grand, original Penn Station in 1963. On June 23rd, it named an 850-building section of Prospect Heights a historic district, and granted landmark status to several buildings in Manhattan: a four story red brick apartment house on the corner of Greenwich and Rector Streets (built in 1799 as a private residence in what was then one of New York's most fashionable neighborhoods, and converted over the years into a men's boarding house, pub, hotel, and mixed use space), a five and a half story townhouse on East 51st Street occupied at the turn of the century by a wealthy granite contractor, and a 19th century Harlem church. For more details, check out this press release.

Early 20th Century row houses in the newly declared Prospect Heights Historic District

-posted by Liana Grey

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