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Historic Preservation

Buildings, structures and districts can be considered worthy of protection because a role played in history, outstanding architectural or engineering characteristics, or because of a potential to yield new information to the archaeological record.  The National Register of Historic Places is a list of sites that are considered significant at the national level.  The Register is administered by the National Park Service, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Offices.  Listing in the Register can mean that certain federal funds for preservation are available to property owners.  In general, unless Federal funds are involved, private property owners are free to use, maintain, transfer, or dispose of their property without agency review or oversight.

The State Historic Preservation Office works with the National Park Service and also administers state-specific preservation programs.

In New York City, buildings that are considered historically significant can be protected through landmarking by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).  Landmarking by the LPC carries requirements for how a property is maintained, altered or repaired.

Historic Buildings and Districts in Riverdale

View the Preservancy’s publication Architectural & Historical Resources of Riverdale, 1998 for descriptions of buildings in Riverdale that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, landmarked by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, or suggested for further study of historic significance.

Rules of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC):

Title 63 of the Rules of the City of New York


The Commission’s Rules define procedures for applications, public hearings, enforcement, permit renewal, and other aspects of working with the Commission. Additionally the rules describe requirements for work such as installation of air conditioners, awnings, windows, and other items. These rules apply to all landmarked buildings in the City of New York, including those in all historic districts.  Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.  For additional guidance, contact the Public Information Officer at the Landmarks Preservation Commission at 212-669-7817.

Photo:  Bell Tower, located at West 239th Street and Riverdale Avenue. Locals often refer to this spot as "The Monument"

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