Landmarks Preservation Commission

Landmarks Preservation Commission

About: The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the government agency that designates historic landmarks and districts for New York City.

Headquarters: New York City

Founded in: 1965

Founded by: Mayor Robert F. Wagner

Landmarks Preservation Commission Q&A

What is the Landmarks Preservation Commission known for?
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is known for its power to decide which New York areas, buildings, statues, and other landmarks can be designated ‘historic’ and therefore protected against demolition and certain changes. The Commission was established in 1965 and is made up of an 11-person board of experts and New York residents who are appointed by the mayor of New York. It was created to slow the pace of demolition of historic buildings. The inciting incident for the Commission's formation was the destruction of the original Penn Station, an architecturally significant building. The original Penn Station was demolished in 1963 to make way for the modern Madison Square Garden and new underground version of the station. This garnered outrage internationally and from New Yorkers.
Who runs the Landmarks Preservation Commission?
The Commission is decided by the mayor and therefore subject to change. As of November 2019, the members are Sarah Carroll (Chair), Frederick Bland (Vice-Chair), Diana Chapin, Wellington Chen, Michael Devonshire, Michael Goldblum, John Gustafsson, Anne Holford-Smith, Jeanne Lutfy, Adi Shamir-Baron, and Everardo Jefferson.
Why is the Landmarks Preservation Commission important to the real estate industry?
Since it has the power to deem certain buildings or areas “protected”, the Commission has the power to both increase the value and the restrictions on real estate. “Historic” designation can make a building or area more desirable, but it also comes with strict rules that can inhibit developers and landlords from making changes or improvements.
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Check out our Top Stories below for TRD’s most up-to-date coverage of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Landmarks Preservation Commission Top Stories

June 11, 2019It's official: The home of the Strand bookstore is now a historical site, and the owners are not happy.
February 12, 2019The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the latest design proposal for renovating the iconic 37-story office tower designed by late architect Philip Johnson and John Burgee “with modifications,”
December 23, 2018These were the Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

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The Strand Bookstore and store owner Nancy Bass Wyden (Credit: Getty Images)

Over owner’s protests, city landmarks Strand bookstore

It’s official: The home of the Strand bookstore is now a historical site, and the owners are not happy....

Over owner’s protests, city landmarks Strand bookstore
Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval

Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval

UPDATE, Feb. 15, 6:57p.m.: The messy makeover of 550 Madison is officially cleaned up and back on track. The...

Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval
The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

JP Morgan’s new headquarters, the renovations to 550 Madison and rule changes at the Landmarks Preservation Commission were among the top preservation battles of 2018. Here’s a look at the year’s 10 biggest showdowns,...

The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018
The Strand’s building could become an official landmark despite owner’s opposition

The Strand’s building could become an official landmark despite owner’s opposition

Landmarking is often seen as way of honoring important buildings, and a defense against excessive development. But what if preserving a building comes at...

The Strand’s building could become an official landmark despite owner’s opposition
550 Madison is now a landmark

550 Madison is now a landmark

The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the exterior of 550 Madison Avenue a landmark. “This is the building that established postmodernism as a legitimate architectural movement,” LPC vice chair Frederick Bland told Curbed in a...

550 Madison is now a landmark
Beyer Blinder Belle exec Fred Bland to serve as interim Landmarks chair

Beyer Blinder Belle exec Fred Bland to serve as interim Landmarks chair

Fred Bland will take over as the interim chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission until a new chair is...

Beyer Blinder Belle exec Fred Bland to serve as interim Landmarks chair
Developers, good luck trying to go all out in Central Harlem

Developers, good luck trying to go all out in Central Harlem

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to create a new historic district between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton...

Developers, good luck trying to go all out in Central Harlem
City declines to landmark church in Flatbush, clearing way for demolition

City declines to landmark church in Flatbush, clearing way for demolition

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided not to landmark the Baptist Church of the Redeemer in Flatbush/Ditmas Park,...

City declines to landmark church in Flatbush, clearing way for demolition
The head of Landmarks is resigning

The head of Landmarks is resigning

Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, will resign and transfer to the private sector, City Hall confirmed Thursday. Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the helm of the city agency...

The head of Landmarks is resigning
Preservationists seek to stop changes to landmarking process

Preservationists seek to stop changes to landmarking process

Preservationists aren’t happy with a proposed rule change that would allow more applications to go through the Landmarks Preservation...

Preservationists seek to stop changes to landmarking process
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