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.
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Experienced Candidate Wanted
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The Next Step: LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes
The Next Step LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes Earlier this year, LANDMARK WEST! joined neighbors and fellow advocacy groups to speak out in opposition to the Landmark Preservation Commission's proposed rules changes. LW! had four major concerns (you can...
Celebrating Penn Central Day!
Last week, LANDMARK WEST! co-sponsored a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Penn Central v. City of New York -- the U.S. Supreme Court case that helped protect Grand Central Terminal -- and upheld New York City’s (at the time recently minted) Landmarks Law as...
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