West Park Presbyterian Church Hardship

As of Friday, January 5, 2024, the Hardship Application filed by representatives for West Park Presbyterian Church has been WITHDRAWN. The landmark is not under immediate threat of demolition, and the Center at West Park can proceed with its plans to make necessary repairs to remove the decades-old scaffolding, allowing the facade to breathe once more. 

“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


Read LW! testimony and statements from our Preservation Colleagues: Historic Districts Council, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Village Preservation.

On Tuesday October 31st LPC heard from their independent experts about the structural and financial scenario.  Read that report here. Read Applicant’s responses to June 13, 2023 testimony here.

WATCH hearing of JUNE 13, 2023.  West Park item begins at 4hrs 8 mins. into meeting. Review Presentation materials here and Supplemental materials here and here

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, West Park Presbyterian Church Hardship claim continued, WITH PUBLIC TESTIMONY

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 6:30 pm: 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 Media Coverage about this building in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DAILY NEWS (1) & (2), THE NEW YORK POST (1), (2) & (3), CITY LAND, GOTHAMIST (1) & (2), I LOVE THE UPPER WEST SIDE (1), (2) & (3), SLATE, THE REAL DEAL, THE WEST SIDE SPIRIT, and UNTAPPED CITIES.

Watch Media Coverage about this building from CBS New York, and FOX 5 New York.


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: 


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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