Losing Its Way

The Historic Preservation Committee of The City Club of New York perceives that the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s will to discharge its duties to designate and protect landmarks and historic districts has been declining. So writes Jeffrey Kroessler, the Committee’s Chair.  On March 27, the Commission held a hearing, with overflow participation, to receive reactions to a proposal by the

Commission to adopt extensive new rules which would tend to institutionalize its decline.

 

Download the press release and a detailed report by the Committee concerning the decline and the rules.

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4 thoughts on “Losing Its Way”

  1. John West says:

    Here is one example of the character of our streetscapes that is likely to be lost if supervision by the LPC is relaxed — sidewalk skylights: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/manhattan/news/2018/04/04/soho-sidewalk-skylight-landmark-rules-changes

  2. John West says:

    Courtesy Francoise Bollack, seems there are available replacements for vault lights: http://www.circleredmont.com/product-81R%E2%84%A2-Glass-Bullet-&-Cast-Iron-Panel-Systems-1.cfm

  3. john West says:

    Nine preservation advocacy groups participated in a joint letter to LPC opposing its proposed rules changes: http://1h0ani22bqjx9rwiu3w2now1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Joint-Letter-Opposing-2018-LPC-Rules-Changes.pdf The announcement that the current LPC chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, is resigning refreshes the timeliness of this and other issues included in Losing Its Way. What is your opinion on the choice of the next LPC chair?

  4. John West says:

    Preservation is not just a function of designation by the LPC. It is also a function of how much may be built on a site compared to the size of the existing building. In the City’s rezoning of East Midtown it’s Landmarks Commission designated a few buildings in response to concerns that much of the existing built fabric would be lost. Perhaps it was not understood that zoning that allows buildings to be as much as twice as large as previously allowed would put many more buildings at risk of redevelopment. In this vein “A Radical Proposal to Save Union Carbide” by Karrie Jacobs in the April edition of Architect proposes a counter therapy to the zoning elixir: http://www.architectmagazine.com/design/a-radical-proposal-to-save-union-carbide_o

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