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Friday, December 5, 2014

The New York Landmarks Conservancy Tells Whom You Know: Landmarks Commission Postpones De-calendaring Hearing

The Conservancy is very appreciative that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has indefinitely postponed the December 9 hearing to ‘de-calendar’ nearly 100 historic sites.

We are very thankful for all of your support. We’re glad that LPC listened to your voice.

The Conservancy, along with advocates, elected officials, building owners, and preservationists across the City, was alarmed when the LPC announced that it planned to remove protections from buildings it had calendared prior to 2011, with little warning and no public testimony. Yesterday, the Commission agreed to postpone the hearing to allow a more thorough review of these historic properties.

We look forward to working with the LPC as it considers how to address a backlog of buildings, while maintaining its critical mission of protecting New York’s landmarks.

These are some of the buildings that you have helped protect. 
6 Ploughman’s Bush Building - North Bronx at West 246th Street and Ploughmans Bush
A two-story mid-19th century wood frame cottage, sometimes described as the hunting lodge of a long vanished estate. It features board and batten siding and a graceful front porch.
St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church - Bushwick, Brooklyn
Spanish Baroque, built in 1910, designed by the noted firm of Helme & Huberty. The AIA Guide describes the wedding-cake icing on the towers as “edible”.
2 Oliver Street
1821, Federal style townhouse. The third story was added around 1850.

138 Second Avenue
A federal style row house in the East Village, it was built in 1832 by Thomas E. Davis, a prolific developer of houses few of which survive today. The house features a grand entrance with a Gibb surround and Flemish bond brickwork typical of the period. Since proposed for designation in 2009, the building has been restored.

57 Sullivan Street
1816-1817. Federal style townhouse. One of the oldest surviving houses in Lower Manhatan.
St Michael’s Episcopal Church - 227 West 99th Street, Manhattan
A magnificent Romanesque/Byzantine style church built in 1891 and designed by Robert W. Gibson. Notable for its bell tower and stained glass windows.
IRT Powerhouse, now Consolidated Edison - 59th Street & Eleventh Avenue, Manhattan
1904, designed by Stanford White of McKim Mead and White.
Calvary Cemetery Gatehouse - 49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd - Woodside, Queens
A lovely Queen Anne gem circa 1892. “Others of this genre have almost all been confiscated by time”-AIA Guide
Curtis House - 234 Bard Road, Staten Island
Circa 1850 Romantic Revival cottage. The house features wooden clapboards and a wooden front porch.
Second Empire cottage - Staten Island 
Circa 1880, on the grounds of the proposed Snug Harbor Historic District on Staten Island. | Find us on Facebook & Twitter | Watch us on YouTube

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