In 2016, New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission undertook an ambitious task: to calendar and decide whether or not to landmark 95 properties, many of which had been sitting in limbo for decades. The result of that clearing of the backlog was an unprecedented number of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods that received landmark status in 2016, along with two historic districts. This definitive list illustrates all the ones that made the cut.Read More
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The Modern Classicist building was designed by Buckman & Kahn and built from 1927-28. While its landmarking was previously backed by Borough President Gale Brewer, it was opposed by the building’s owners. On December 13th, the building finally obtained landmark status.
This Italianate building is catty corner from Peter Luger and across the street from the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. The site is now occupied in part by Capital One Bank.
United Palace Theatre
Now the United Palace, the Hindu-Islamic style theater was designed by Thomas W. Lamb and built in 1929-30. The commission noted that the building “exemplifies the American movie palace at its most monumental and spectacular.”
The LPC lauded Harlem’s YMCA at 181 West 135th Street, also known as the Jackie Robinson YMCA Youth Center, for its “significant role in shaping the civic and artistic culture of Harlem.”
Saint Barbara's Roman Catholic Church
A Spanish Baroque Revival style building characterized by the LPC as “one of the most unusual and distinctive ecclesiastical buildings in New York City.” It’s designed by the same architect behind the Prospect Park boathouse and dates to 1910.
The Dutch Colonial house with an 18th-century addition dates to about 1683 to 1714.
412 East 85th Street
This Upper East Side house was built before 1861. Its one of only six pre-Civil War wood-frame houses that remain in the neighborhood.
The Brougham Cottage
This Vernacular style house on Staten Island dates to the early 18th century. The LPC deemed it "a remarkable survivor of Staten Island’s rural past."
Excelsior Steam Power Company Building
The Excelsior Steam Power Company Building, a Romanesque Revival building at 33-43 Gold Street, dates to the mid- to late-1800s. It provided lighting and power to local factories and office buildings. It’s since been renovated for residential use.
Bowne Street Community Church
The Romanesque Revival style church was built in the early 1890s and sports stained glass windows by the Tiffany Glass Co. of New York.
Sullivan-Thompson Historic District
The Sullivan-Thompson Historic District was designated not only for its aesthetic contribution to New York City, but also its cultural and historical impact. The area includes a collection of tenement buildings and historic storefronts that preservationists say speak to the Italian immigrant experience in late 19th- and early 20th-century New York City.
601 Lexington Avenue
The former Citicorp Center, now known simply as 601 Lexington Avenue, is the newest site within Midtown East to get landmark status. The building was designed by Hugh A. Stubbins & Associates and built from 1973 to 1978 and has a few distinctive features, including its 45-degree angular roof, and its base of four stilt-like columns.
Martin Erdmann Residence
Built from 1908 to 1909, the Martin Erdmann house is an English Renaissance Revival style home designed by architectural firm Taylor & Levi. Its unique design has withstood the test of time and remained intact.
The Graybar Building was completed in 1927 as part of an East Midtown development project known as "Terminal City" when transit improvements spurred new construction in the area. The building is one of 12 that were granted landmark status to protect from potential rezoning in the area known as Greater Midtown East.
The Benjamin Hotel
Emery Roth-designed hotel The Benjamin was built in 1925 and was once known as The Beverly. Its distinctive profile includes animal sculptures, Romanesque motifs, and several craftily designed setbacks.
Pershing Square Building
The Pershing Square Building was finally landmarked, much to the chagrin of transportation advocates who argued that preserving it would hinder vital infrastructural improvements that are required to provide better accessibility to the subway. Nevertheless, the site achieved landmark status in November.
Shelton Hotel/Halloran House
This 31-story Romanesque Revival style building was designed by architect Arthur Loomis Harmon and completed in 1923, embracing the 1916 Zoning Law that required setbacks on city skyscrapers.
400 Madison Avenue
Occupying an entire block along Madison Avenue between 47th and 48th streets, this Neo-Gothic style structure was designed by architect H. Craig Severance and has recently undergone restoration work to its terracotta facade.
Minnie E. Young Residence
One of the earliest works from prominent architectural firm Hiss & Weeks was this Renaissance Revival style townhouse built from 1899 to 1900. In 1962, the site became headquarters for the Kenneth Beauty Salon, where star clients included Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Katharine Graham.
Yale Club of New York City
Designed by James Gamble Rogers in 1915, this is yet another building that was landmarked just in time to protect it from Midtown East rezoning.
Hampton Shops Building
Architects Rouse & Goldstone and Joseph Steinman designed this 11-story building in a style that was unique for its time. The building was constructed between 1915 and 1916 and sits across the street from the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
18 East 41st Street
The facade of this 21-story building is ornamented with blue, beige, and white terracotta and is the work of architects George & Edward Blum. The base has been “respectfully modified,” but the building’s unique arches and angles remain in place.
Williamsburgh Trust Company Building
This former financial hub was completed in 1906 after being designed by architects Helmle, Huberty & Hudswell. In 1961, the building was converted into a church for the Holy Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in Exile.
The Former Firehouse, Engine Company 29
Built in 1832-33 as a three-story residence, the Former Firehouse, Engine Company 29, is one of the city’s earliest surviving structures of its kind.
This five-story Italianate style building was constructed in 1861 and still has its original facade fully intact.
92 Harrison Street House
In June, the LPC designated this Greek Revival style house a city landmark due to its unique features and characteristics.
Prince's Bay Lighthouse Complex
The LPC declared the two-and-a-half story house at 6204 Hylan Boulevard and the land on which it’s situated a city landmark back in June. It is Staten Island’s second oldest lighthouse.
St. John's Episcopal Church
This Gothic Revival style church was finally cleared from the LPC's Backlog Initiative and declared a city landmark in June.
George William and Anna Curtis House
Abolitionist and literary figure George William Curtis and his wife once called this Italianate style house in Staten Island home. The house served a vital role as a place of gathering for prominent leaders of social movements, politics, and art.
Church of St. Joseph of the Holy Family (R.C.)
St. Joseph of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church at 405 West 125th Street prides itself on being "the oldest existing church in Harlem and above 44th Street in Manhattan."
Parish of St. Paul and Holy Rosary
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church was built in 1908 and became a landmark over the summer.
Van Sicklen House
The Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House is the only known 18th century Dutch-American farmhouse that still exists in Brooklyn.
One of New York City’s most serene, beautiful green spaces also happens to be one of its most macabre. These days, Green-Wood is probably best known for its “famous residents”—the authors, politicians, and other New York notables who’ve chosen it as their final resting place.
Pepsi Cola Sign
The Pepsi-Cola sign, which is today a symbol of the Queens waterfront and a nod to Long Island City's industrial past, was built in 1936. It sat atop the Pepsi bottling plant in the neighborhood and finally attained landmark status in April 2016.
John William and Lydia Ann Bell Ahles House
This house was constructed in 1873 by farmer Robert M. Bell and remained within the family up until 1940s.
57 Sullivan Street
This rare Federal style townhouse dates back to 1816. It has since undergone a restoration that replaced doors, windows, and ironwork while preserving its original facade.
William H. Schofield House
One of the first families to settle in City Island back in 1827 was the William Schofield family, making this Italianate style farmhouse, constructed in 1860, their home. One of its most noteworthy features is its lengthy front porch.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Parish House, and Rectory
Designed by Robert W. Gibson, this church is known for its Tiffany windows alongside its massive structure.
This Romanesque Revival style cemetery is one of the few surviving works of architect Richard Morris Hunt in New York City.
Park Slope Historic District Extension II
The Park Slope neighborhood located west of Prospect Park an bounded by Flatbush Avenue to the north became one of the city's newest historic districts.
East New York Savings Bank Building
Built between 1927 and 1928, the East New York Savings Bank was designed architects Holmes & Winslow and was said to be one of the "most architecturally ambitious buildings."