Chair Sarah Carroll noted at the July 19th meeting that there will be presentations by outside experts after Labor Day.  Following inquiry and clarifications the Commissioners will then take a vote.  The clarifications include an independent report comissioned by the LPC.  Those findings are imminent and we will update this page when a new public meeting/hearing is announced.

“The church retains an exceptionally high level of integrity of setting, design, materials, craftsmanship feeling and association on both the exterior and interior”

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Resource Evaluation


Tuesday, December 13th, time TBD, West Park Presbyterian Church Hardship claim tentatively continues, WITH PUBLIC TESTIMONY

Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30pm: CB7 Full Board Meeting Vote on West Park Hardship Application.  READ RESOLUTION HERE

Read LW! Testimony regarding West-Park’s Hardship Application before Community Board 7’s Preservation Committee. 

Read about this building in CITY LAND, UNTAPPED CITIES and GOTHAMIST.

West Park Presbyterian Social Superlatives

West-Park Presbyterian Church has long been a beacon of liberal activisim for the neighborhood and New York City at large.  West-Park was the:

– First church in New York City to support Gay Marriage

– The original home of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH)

– First home to Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival

– The original home of God’s Love We Deliver and the West Side Food Pantry


Fall in love with West-Park with these photos taken just prior to designation: 


A Hard Look at “Hardship”: West Park Presbyterian Church and a Rarely Used Landmarks Exception

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 starting at 6pm (this event WILL be recorded) 


We will address:
– The concept of hardship, recent cases citywide, and specifically on the UWS, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s history with hardship applications.
– The premise of West Park Presbyterian’s application, the accomplishments of its congregation, the significance of its building, condition of the building.
– Adaptive reuse of religious properties and, specifically West Park itself.


Mosette Broderick, Director, Urban Design and Architecture Studies, NYU

Page Cowley, Principal, Page Ayres Cowley Architecture 

Bob Jaeger, President, Partners for Sacred Places

Sean Khorsandi, Executive Director, LANDMARK WEST! 

Frampton Tolbert, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Brad Vogel, Executive Director, New York Preservation Archive Project

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