Friday, February 19, 2010
LPC making an exception this time
From the NY Observer:
Aspersions aside, the decision to designate the church is a rare one, garnering much attention in the preservation world given that it involves landmarking a notable religious institution over the objections of its owner. The LPC typically avoids landmark designations without the owner's consent, and churches and synagogues around the city loath the concept of submitting to eternal restrictions on their properties, lest they be unable to sell off or change their buildings when finances tighten.
But West-Park has topped the wish list of preservationists for at least two decades, as they've sought to block any possible changes or demolition of the handsome, historic Romanesque Revival structure.
That's interesting. I can think of about a dozen structures in outer borough neighborhoods off the top of my head that have been on preservationists' wish lists for decades. Yet this one, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, they designated.
So what are the criteria used by LPC to designate a building and why do they seem to keep changing?