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 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 ends __________
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.
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....
After years of being deferred, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has been in the process of reviewing 95 of its "Backlog" items that have languished on the LPC calendar for more than five years. Although they initially wanted to just remove these...
Dear Neighbor: With so many critical, big-picture policy issues facing our neighborhood and city (eroding zoning protections, weakening the landmarks law, the list goes on), it's all too easy to lose sight of the trees for the forest. A specific example of a landmark...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Gene A. Norman testifying in 1984 to protect the NYC Landmarks Law. Credit: Albany Press, 1984. In 1988, Gene presided over a 16-hour marathon public hearing at the Fourth Universalist Society, which led to the 1990 designation of over...
Check, and Check! The New York Landmarks Conservancy has released its position on two Upper West Side items, both calendared with upcoming LPC hearing dates. Regarding the IRT Powerhouse, which will be heard on Thursday, November 5th, the Conservancy reminds us how...
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