The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended 16 varied properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
This was disclosed in a statement on Friday December 4, 2020, by Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
According to the statement, the recommendations included a former Hudson Valley power plant that first electrified the New York City rail system at the turn of the 20th century.
“The nominations reflect the incredible history found in our state and the stories forged by its people,” said Kulleseid.
“Securing this recognition will help protect and preserve such places so this history can be carried safe and intact into the future,” he added.
State and National Registers listing can assist owners in revitalizing properties, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
“These latest nominations continue the Division for Historic Preservation’s (DHP) commitment to designating and supporting historic sites that represent the histories of our State’s diverse population,” said Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation at State Parks.
Previous register designations have included African American burial grounds, industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of New York City libraries, a Hudson Valley golf club established to counter anti-Semitism, and a Catskill site linked to the early history of professional baseball.
Other listings have included portions of a Hudson Valley town that was home to the ‘Violet Kings,’ remnants of a 19th century canal in the Southern Tier, and the site of an internationally known tableware manufacturer started by members of a 19th century upstate religious community.
In recent years, the DHP also has received three Unrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service to support the NYC LGBTQ Historic Sites Project in New York City.
This has resulted in New York leading the nation in listing of sites associated with LGBTQ+ History on the State and National Register.
DHP was also awarded a Underrepresented Communities grant to undertake a survey of historic Puerto Rican casitas in New York City.
The National Park Service recently also awarded DHP an African American Civil Rights grant to study a 20th Century civil rights site in western New York, a project that will likely expand to other Upstate counties.
In cooperation with local and regional preservation advocacy organizations, the DHP is studying Buffalo’s traditionally African American eastside neighborhoods and LGBTQ+ sites in Rochester.
Both these studies will likely lead to additional State and National Register listings.
The DHP also is advancing designations associated with the role that women have played in shaping our state, from the Suffrage Movement to Women’s Liberation.
Since the Governor signed legislation to bolster the state’s use of rehabilitation tax credits in 2013, the state and federal program has spurred investment of billions of dollars in completed rehabilitations of historic commercial properties and tens of millions invested in owner-occupied historic homes.
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and sites significant in the history, architecture, archaeology and culture of New York State and the nation.
There are more than 120,000 historic properties throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
Once recommendations are approved by the Commissioner, who serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
More information, with photos of the nominations, is available on the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website.