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

The Latest

Landmarks says 29-story Clinton Hill tower can rise next to historic church

Landmarks says 29-story Clinton Hill tower can rise next to historic church

Hope Street Capital’s prayers have been answered. The company received approval on Tuesday from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to...

Landmarks says 29-story Clinton Hill tower can rise next to historic church
The Hotel Seville and the Emmet Building

James NoMad hotel and Emmet Building are NYC’s newest landmarks

The newest landmarks in New York City are a pair of buildings in NoMad located right across the street...

James NoMad hotel and Emmet Building are NYC’s newest landmarks
St. Patrick’s Cathedral making first moves toward selling air rights

St. Patrick’s Cathedral making first moves toward selling air rights

The Archdiocese of New York is moving forward with plans to sell a trove of air rights from St....

St. Patrick’s Cathedral making first moves toward selling air rights
Landmarks approves Hidrock’s restoration plans for site next to Park Slope cinema

Landmarks approves Hidrock’s restoration plans for site next to Park Slope cinema

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved Hidrock Properties’ plans for their Park Slope site next to the closed Pavilion...

Landmarks approves Hidrock’s restoration plans for site next to Park Slope cinema
Walt Whitman’s BK house not worthy of landmark status, city says

Walt Whitman’s BK house not worthy of landmark status, city says

Famed poet Walt Whitman may have spent some time in Brooklyn, but the city has ruled it wasn’t enough...

Walt Whitman’s BK house not worthy of landmark status, city says
Landmarks signs off on UAL’s office development in Soho

Landmarks signs off on UAL’s office development in Soho

It took two tries, but an office building planned for Soho can now move forward with the city’s blessing....

Landmarks signs off on UAL’s office development in Soho
Two age-old homes on City Island are now landmarks

Two age-old homes on City Island are
now landmarks

A pair of historic City Island houses are now officially landmarks. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission announced on Tuesday...

Two age-old homes on City Island are
now landmarks
Sony Building might get landmarked

Sony Building might get landmarked

Preservationists who oppose the Sony Building’s planned $300 million renovation took a step forward in their bid to have the tower landmarked. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on Tuesday to put the building...

Sony Building might get landmarked
LPC approves the redevelopment of Paul Robeson Theatre

LPC approves the redevelopment of
Paul Robeson Theatre

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the redevelopment of the Paul Robeson Theatre, a now-closed performance space at a church...

LPC approves the redevelopment of
Paul Robeson Theatre
Effort to landmark site of planned 40-story NoMad tower shot down

Effort to landmark site of planned 40-story NoMad tower shot down

Landmarks Preservation Commission shot down an effort by elected officials and preservationists to landmark a building in NoMad that...

Effort to landmark site of planned 40-story NoMad tower shot down
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