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Demystifying the Landmarks Process

Since its enactment, New York City’s Landmarks Law has set the tone for the nation and has become a model for preservation worldwide. The law was revolutionary in its purview. 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 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 filling out the application and understanding the guidelines and materials checklists, to working with LPC staff and presenting before the commission, as well as the commission’s review of completed projects.

This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Historic Preservation Studies.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how buildings get designated as landmarks
  • Familiarity with the Landmark Preservation Commission’s application process, from start to finish

Ideal for

  • Art and architecture enthusiasts
  • Architects and urban planners
  • Community organizers and activists
  • Real estate professionals

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