In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and thereby the Landmarks Law, the city has launched a new educational website, landmarks.nyc, that will grow its content throughout the year. The site offers digital features, a schedule of free- and low-cost events at landmarked sites throughout the city, slide shows from the agency’s historic photo archives, various blog posts, and walking tours.
Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. signs New York City’s Landmarks Law, via LPC
Most attribute the creation of the LPC with the loss of Pennsylvania Station in 1963, after which the preservation movement across the city picked up steam. On April 19, 1965, Mayor Robert Wagner signed into effect the Landmarks Law. In the fifty years since, the commission has designated 1,347 individual landmarks, 13 historic districts with 21 historic district extensions, 10 scenic landmarks, and 117 interior landmarks.
Preservation organizations, museums and individual landmarks are celebrating the anniversary throughout the year, and the LPC will work to aggregate all the work of their partners on the site. In addition, the Museum of the City of New York will host an exhibit co-sponsored by the commission called “Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks,” which will be on view from April 21st to September 13th. But until then, be sure to keep checking landmarks.nyc for updated content and event listings.
- Architectural Saviors: NYC Landmarks Saved From Destruction
- Crimes Against Architecture: Treasured NYC Landmarks That Have Been Purposely Destroyed or Damaged
- Historic Districts and Landmarking: What They Mean (and How They Could Affect You)
- The Only Two Living Things in NYC to Have Been Landmarked Are Trees