Preserving Historic Neighborhoods
New York is one of the oldest cities in the United States, with an extensive built environment reflecting its history. The breakthrough New York City Landmarks Law of 1965 preceded the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and remains the strongest landmarks ordinance in the country, widely studied by preservationists around the world. This course offers a community-based view of how neighborhoods across the city exercise this land-use tool to determine the future of their communities. We will identify the resources for researching historic neighborhoods and buildings; examine key factors of successful preservation campaigns; explore the effects of rezoning on residents and the character of neighborhoods; and analyze why some buildings are difficult to preserve and make the case for why—or why not—they merit preservation. Whether you are based in New York City or in another location, this course will give you the tools to effectively research and advocate for your own neighborhood.
This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Historic Preservation Studies.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of resources for researching historic neighborhoods and buildings
- An understanding of key factors of successful preservation campaigns
- The ability to analyze buildings, their alterations, and their context; how these factors play into the Landmark Preservation Commission's designation and regulation of buildings
- Familiarity with the Landmark Preservation Commission’s application process, from start to finish
- Art and architecture enthusiasts
- Architects and urban planners
- Community organizers and activists
- Real estate professionals