The Landmarks Preservation Commission has updated and revised its "Rowhouse Manual," a guide designed to help the owners of rowhouses in New York City’s historic districts preserve and maintain their remarkable homes and work successfully with the agency when exterior alterations are needed.
This manual outlines the items that LPC considers ordinary maintenance that do not require Landmarks permits and it outlines the items that do require Landmarks permits. Download your copy here.
The architectural structure of Lefferts Manor as a rowhouse neighborhood has survived virtually unchanged since the time of its development. By 1899 four houses were built and sold. 507 homes were constructed between 1905 and 1922. The final three houses were built on Maple Street in 1952.
Every effort was made to distinguish Lefferts Manor houses from the monotony of identical rowhouses that marked so many city neighborhoods. Architecture in the Manor derives it attractiveness and vibrancy from the juxtaposition of disparate styles. Even houses within a row differ in ornament and detail. Brick, brownstone, and limestone were used in different combinations and colors to create contrast.
Lefferts Manor received landmark designation from New York City in 1979. In 1992, it was added to the state and federal registers as an historic site.
Many architectural details on Lefferts Manor houses reward close inspection.
Neo-Georgian and Neo-Federal style brick houses on Midwood Street built between 1922 and 1924. These semi-detached houses allowed for shared driveways to accomodate the new era of the automobile.
Representing the transiton from late Romanesque Revival to the Neo-Rennaissance style, these Midwood Street rowhouses were among the first buildings in the district in 1898.
Continue reading ‘The Changing Face of Lefferts Manor 1893 – 1993 – Architecture’
The Church of the Evangel has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the listing of The Church of the Evangel, located at the corner of Bedford Ave. and Hawthorne St., on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1916, an example of Late Gothic Revival architecture, the church embodies many characteristics that are typical of a medieval parish church in England. The building since the very beginning served as a community center for the neighborhood with an emphasis on youth programs. It served as the clubhouse for the largest Boy Scout troop in the country at the time and for the largest Girl Scout troop in the state.
The window over the doors was donated in 1927 by Emma Cromwell in memory of her brother, Joseph Milton Cromwell. The window is made of Tiffany glass from the Tiffany Studios of New York City.
Credit goes to the Rev. Lisa Robinson and her congregation for their careful maintenance of this important Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood asset. There will be a ceremony at the chuch on Saturday, June 5th. Our thanks to the Hawthorne Street Blog for bringing this to our attention.
It was a full house at the Lefferts Manor Association sponsored “Landmarks Forum” at the Church of the Evangel on Bedford Ave on Thursday, April 29th.
There was not just one but THREE representatives from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. John Weiss, Deputy Counsel involved with enforcement, Jenny Fernandez, Director of Intergovernmental and Community Relations, and Tenzing Chadotsang, Director of Grants and Outreach.
There was a steady line at the microphone to ask questions, make comments, log complaints and to vent in general.
Off the top it was noted that violations are complaint driven which means that a third party has to actually log a complaint for a violation warning letter to be issued and that not all complaints in fact become violations. Landmarks doesn’t patrol neighborhoods looking for violations. And only if violations repeatedly are ignored, can fines be issued by a judge at the Environmental Control Board.
A question from the audience brought out the point that if you get a complaint about one issue on your property that the Landmarks compliance officer assigned to your case may cite you with other conditions that are in violation when visiting your residence to assist with correcting the first violation. This highlighted the importance of being proactive in fixing “wrongs” before they become violations remembering that there is a responsibility in being a homeowner in a NYC landmarked historic district and that care must be exercised when undertaking work to the exterior of these properties.
A very helpful guide is the LPC’s Rowhouse Manual which is a publication that can be downloaded as a PDF from the “Forms and Publications” section of the Landmarks website http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc. It outlines the items that LPC considers ordinary maintenance that do not require Landmarks permits and it outlines the items that do require Landmarks permits. LPC staff will assist and guide homeowners in making decisions about what to do. Also on the website is information about how to apply for a Landmarks permit. An application form and a copy of instructions are available for download or it can be obtained by calling the LPC at 212-669-7817. You can email them directly with questions at email@example.com.
Photos: Bob Marvin
Continue reading ‘Lefferts Manor Association’s Community Forum with Landmarks Preservation Commission’
- Thursday, April 29th, 2010
7:00-8:30pm Church of the Evangel at 1950 Bedford Ave (btwn Hawthorne & Winthrop)
The Lefferts Manor Association has made arrangements for a senior representative from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to come to our neighborhood for a question and answer forum about what it means to own property in a landmarked historic district. Many residents have queries about how to proceed with doing work to the fronts of their houses, replacing windows and how to deal with violations that have been issued to their properties (among other things). Now is the chance to get answers, express concerns and learn more about Landmarks in general.