Category Archives: Historic Preservation

Historians Podcast: Blighted Buildings Could Be Useful


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a proposal to use blighted city buildings as a resource for new construction.

The idea was recently brought up in a letter to the editor by retired Montgomery County historian Jacqueline Mujrphy. Plus stories about World War II and the biography of Mary Van der Veer, an Amsterdam, NY, artist.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Rockland Co Preservation Award Nominations Sought


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The Historical Society of Rockland County is seeking nominations for the 28th annual Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Awards. These awards, presented during National Historic Preservation Month in May, recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in Rockland County.

Nominations are sought for and from individuals, organizations, businesses, and municipal representatives for achievements that have contributed to the continued preservation of Rockland County’s significant historical and cultural heritage. Self-nominations are encouraged. Activities, projects, and phases of projects that have been completed in the past ten years are eligible. Continue reading

Bruce Dearstyne On NYC Monuments Commission Report


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J. Marion Sims statue 5th Ave 103rd Street ManhattanOne item in The New York History Blog‘s “New York History Around the Web This Week” for January 19 was the new Report of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

This is the report of the commission appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio last fall amid the controversy surrounding Confederate statues. The mayor charged the commission with coming up with recommendations about potentially controversial monuments and statues in New York City.

The commission held five public meetings, attended by more than 500 people, and received over 3,000 comments via an online survey. Continue reading

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