State Board endorses 6 NYC sites for historic preservation

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Earl Hall of Columbia University
Earl Hall played an important role in LGBT history and is one of the oldest structures on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus. (Wikimedia Commons)

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has nominated an additional 23 properties and districts into the State and National Registers for Historic Places.

In line with the state’s efforts to promote the diverse local history, the sites were selected to feature a wide variety of land use. Nominations range from a residence in Mid-Hudson Valley, formerly owned by painter George Bellows, to a mini-park in Manhattan, to one of the oldest tool and machine manufacturing plants in Buffalo.

Among the nominations, six are located in New York, including Earl Hall of Columbia University, Greenacre Park, Old Town of Flushing Burial Ground or Martin’s Field, The Ridgewood Reservoir, The Saxe Embroidery Company Building, and LANAI, now known as ARGO.

Other recommended sites are located in the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York.

“By recognizing the very fabric of our cities and towns, New York is shining light on important sites and resources in every region, while supporting community development and encouraging residents and visitors alike to experience the diverse history and culture found in every corner of the state,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced the nominations Dec. 22.

State and National Registers listing is crucial to revitalization as it allows property owners to qualify for public preservation programs and services offering tax grants and credits. The state of New York has already invested approximately $3 billion in preserving and rejuvenating historic commercial properties since 2013.

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