12 Commissioners decide the fate of what gets landmarked and preserved for the future and what changes are allowed – all are serving on expired terms. 

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission operates under Title 25 of Chapter 3 fo the NYC Administrative Code.

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.  According to their charter, the remainder of the Commission “shall include at least three architects, one historian qualified in the field, one city planner or landscape architect, and one realtor. The membership shall include at least one resident of each of the five boroughs.” 

The current commission*:


Sarah Carroll; Chair;  Confirmed by City Council on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Term expired June 28, 2019

Fred Bland; Vice Chair; Term expired June 28, 2013

** On Tuesday, May 29th, Fred Bland was elevated to Vice Chair and served as interim Chair **

Adi Shamir Baron; Historian; Term expired June 28, 2016

Diana Chapin; Term expired June 28, 2015

Wellington Z. Chen; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017

Michael Devonshire; Term expired June 28, 2012

Michael Goldblum; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2014

John Gustafsson; Term expired June 28, 2017

Anne Holford-Smith; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2019

Jeanne Lutfy; Realtor; Term expired June 28, 2017

Everado Jefferson; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2020


* All dates listed reflect content in NYC GREEN BOOK


Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair & Planner; Term expired June 28, 2016-Resigning as of June 1, 2018

Read LW! blog posts for more history & news on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

A Surreal Day at the Landmarks Commission

A Surreal Day at the Landmarks Commission

Toto, I don't think we're DE-CALENDARED anymore... The best news first... After an unprecedented day-long series of votes, during which the public could only sit in silent witness, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission announced that 30 historic sites across New...

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New York is a dynamic metropolis…it isn’t a giant Etch A Sketch

New York is a dynamic metropolis…it isn’t a giant Etch A Sketch

New York Times Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman makes a timely case for NEXT TUESDAY'S BACKLOG HEARING at the LPC (1 Centre Street, 9th FL, N).  In today's column, linked HERE, Kimmelman notes the pressures which pushed the backlog into effect in the first place....

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