12 Commissioners decide the fate of what gets landmarked and preserved for the future and what changes are allowed – yet all but one are serving on expired terms.
UPDATE! Executive Director Sarah Carroll has been tapped to become the next LPC Chair. A Committee Hearing was held on Thursday, September 20th. Confirmation by the City Council was confirmed on Wednesday, September 26th.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the smallest of the City’s Agencies, yet is the “largest municipal preservation agency in the nation”. Its ~80 person staff stretches across several departments: Research, Preservation, Enforcement, Archaeology, and Environmental Review. The Chair of the Commission is appointed by the mayor. The remainder of the Commission is an assembly of representatives from each of the five boroughs as well as a Planner, an Historian, a Realtor and Architects. The current commission:
Sarah Carroll, Chair; Confirmed Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Fred Bland, Vice Chair; Term expired June 28, 2016
** On Tuesday, May 29th, Fred Bland was elevated to Vice Chair and will serve as interim Chair **
Adi Shamir Baron, Historian; Term expired June 28, 2016
Diana Chapin; Term expired June 28, 2015
Michael Devonshire; Term expired June 28, 2012
Wellington Z. Chen, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017
Michael Goldblum, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2014
John Gustafsson; Term expired June 28, 2017
Jeanne Lutfy, Realtor; Term expired June 28, 2017
Kim Vauss, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017
Anne Holford-Smith, Architect; Term ends June 28, 2019
Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair & Planner; Term expired June 28, 2016-Resigning as of June 1, 2018
Among legacy projects from the Srinivasan era are a revamp to the rules which the Commission operates according to. After much push back, although changes to the rules are continuing for consideration, but there WILL BE a second public hearing on the proposed changes–this is all thanks to joint advocacy efforts! Details on the latest proposed changes HERE, with FULL TEXT HERE. It is also hopefully a harbinger of a new era of leadership–on wherein the public again has a voice. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the future hearing and changes in store.
Read LW! blog posts for more history & news on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Landmark West!, Historic Districts Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts wrote to Council Members to express serious concerns about Intro. 775. We share the desire for a swift,...read more
By Jennifer Perez With the proposed rooftop addition at The Evelyn (101 West 78th Street) being the talk at LW! recently, I've been inspired to do a little rooftop addition research myself, and I came upon the case of 12-14 West 68th Street. As you may have seen from...read more
A picture is worth a thousand words. Question: How could this out-of-context building get built? Answer: These 4 rowhouses were not designated NYC Landmarks when the then-owner of 2 Riverside Drive built on this site. The moral of the story?...read more
From the LW! Archives…1987 Letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Supporting the Original Riverside/West End Historic District
In 1985, when LANDMARK WEST! was founded to advocate for more widespread protection of our neighborhood's architectural heritage, the Upper West Side only had 337 designated landmarks.With the recent Riverside-West End HD Extension I designation, approximately 194 new...read more
Informing your elected officials of the issues that matter to you--to your neighborhood--is critical. Whether you send an email, mail a letter or pick up the phone and speak to a member of staff, your neighborhood needs you to take action! Consider this post...read more
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