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Landmarks Preservation Commission Backlog Hearings

In November 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced that they would be removing 95 items from their consideration through an administrative action. MAS staff, along with our preservation colleagues and elected officials, worked closely with the LPC to ensure that the public would have an opportunity to comment on each of these items. The LPC has since held four special hearings on the “backlog,” and with the guidance of the MAS Preservation Committee we have submitted favorable testimony on 47 of those sites. Some examples: 412 East 85th Street is a modest 19th century wood-frame house on the Upper East Side, one of six remaining and the only one that is not designated; the Edgar Kaufman Conference Rooms at the UN, designed by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto; the Vanderbilt Mausoleum and Cemetery on Staten Island, designed by our founding president, Richard Morris Hunt, in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted; and the Pepsi-Cola sign in Queens. Read our testimony »»