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. 

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.  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 by City Council on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Term expired June 28, 2019

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.

The future of a NYC treasure is at stake

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...

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Celebrating former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Gene A. Norman

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...

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy supports two pending UWS Landmarks

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...

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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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