Three buildings slated for demolition by Columbia University have been deemed historically significant by New York State’s Historic Preservation Office. As a result of an application submitted by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, the state’s preservation office has determined that a group of residential buildings on West 115th Street, West 116th Street and Morningside Drive meet the criteria for listing as a historic district on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Taken together, the properties could be listed on the registers as the Morningside Drive Historic District.
The eligible district includes 408, 410, and 412 West 115th Street, some of the earliest built multiunit residential buildings that still stand in Morningside Heights. Last July, Columbia University announced plans to raze these buildings while it considers future uses for the site. O’Donnell strongly opposes that demolition and has urged Columbia to find a solution that preserves the integrity of those residential blocks.
State Office Confirms Historic Character of Threatened Morningside Heights Brownstones