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.
LPC addresses Backlog February 23
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...
The future of a NYC treasure is at stake
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...
Celebrating former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Gene A. Norman
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...
The New York Landmarks Conservancy supports two pending UWS Landmarks
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...
Concerns about Intro. 775 shared with Council Members
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,...
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