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Demystifying the Landmarks Process

New York City’s Landmarks Law set the tone for the nation and became a model for preservation worldwide. The law was revolutionary in many ways: it was a local law (many European cities were protected at the national level); it was citywide; it empowered an appointed commission to protect and regulate both individual buildings and historic districts, and later scenic landmarks and interiors; and it established a participatory process that engaged citizens at public hearings. Never before was there such a degree of preservation oversight and meaningful community participation. Since 1965, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has designated more than 35,000 buildings as landmarks in the City’s five boroughs. These include 1,355 individual landmarks, 117 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 139 historic districts. These landmarked properties, with their special character, historical significance, or aesthetic interest, enhance the City by bestowing it with a distinct sense of place. This course will demystify the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process, from filing out the application, to understanding the guidelines and materials checklists, to working with LPC staff, to presenting before the Commission, to LPC review of completed projects.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A comprehensive understanding of the New York City Landmarks Law
  • Familiarity with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process from start to finish
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