Category Archives: Historic Preservation

NYC Historic Districts Council 2017 Highlights


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historic districts councilNew York City’s Historic Districts Council Public Review Committee is a group that reviews Certificate of Appropriateness applications submitted to New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).

The volunteer committee and professional staff examine each proposal and create testimony that is read to the Commission at public hearings. The following properties were some of the biggest projects that were reviewed this past year. Continue reading

MWPAI Receives Grant for Building Repair, Exhibition


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mwpaiMunson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica has been awarded a grant in the amount of $397,511 from Empire State Development (ESD), the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to repair and preserve the granite façade of its Philip Johnson-designed Museum of Art building.  Continue reading

Preservation League Seeks Entries for 2018 Awards


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Interior of Beekman Hotel and Residences Temple Court, NYCThe Preservation League of New York State is seeking nominations for its 2018 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize significant achievements in historic preservation throughout New York State. The nominations must be submitted online by February 15, 2018. The awards will be presented on May 9, 2018.

The League especially encourages nominations that may provide case studies or models incorporating energy efficiency, adaptive reuse, or New York’s Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. Continue reading

Matton Shipyard Preservation Receives Funding


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Matton Shipyard workersThe Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, the nonprofit partner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, has announced funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) for the Matton Shipyard Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Initiative in Cohoes.

Announced on December 13, the funding award of $373,400 is expected to be used to stabilize three original structures of the early 20th century ship building and repair facility, remediate environmental hazards, and stabilize 740-feet of Hudson River shoreline to prevent further erosion. Continue reading

Two Houses on City Island Designated Historic


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Booth HouseOn Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated two houses on City Island in the Bronx as individual landmarks: the Samuel H. and Mary T. Booth House on 30 Centre Street and the Captain John H. Stafford House on 95 Pell Street.

The Booth House, built between 1887 and 1893, is a fine example of the Stick style, which was popular in the late 19th century in suburban and rural cities. The Stafford House, a remarkably intact Sears “mail-order” house built in 1930, reflects the pattern of suburban-style residential development that occurred citywide during the early 20th century and represents an important period of technological and social innovation in the history of American housing. Continue reading

Marking Lower Manhattan History: Saratoga, Yorktown Commemorations


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Trinity Church CemeteryThis year on Sunday October 15, 2017at 2:30 pm in Trinity Churchyard, the Lower Manhattan Historical Association (LMHA) with other groups will celebrate the Fourth Annual Commemoration of the American victories at the Battles of Saratoga (October 17, 1777) and Yorktown (October 19, 1781).

Whereas the Battle of Bunker Hill has been celebrated with a parade in Boston since 1786, New York perhaps because of its status as a City of immigrants has been somewhat slower in recognizing its very rich Revolutionary War history. Thus it is perhaps not completely surprising that it is 225 years behind Boston in commemorating these two most important battles in the Revolutionary War which are directly connected with sites in Lower Manhattan. Continue reading

NYS Covered Bridge Society Event In Livingston Manor


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Van Tran Covered BridgeThe New York State Covered Bridge Society is hosting an open house at the Van Tran Covered Bridge on Covered Bridge Road, in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, NY, on Saturday, October 7th, from 9 am to 3 pm.

The New York State Covered Bridge Society’s mission is to educate the public on the preservation of the State’s authentic and historic covered bridges. The Society has over 200 members from all over the nation and is always open to new members. Continue reading