Harlem Building And Historic District Under Consideration For Landmark Designation

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), unanimously voted in favor of calendaring.

The first formal step in the designation process, Hotel Seville and the Emmet Building in Madison Square North, the interior and exterior of the National Society of Colonial Dames in New York State Headquarters in Yorkville, the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem, and the Central Harlem – West 130-132nd Street Historic District. These proposed landmarks are now under consideration for designation by the Commission and can move forward in the process, which includes a public hearing. Learn more about the landmark designation process here.

The First Spanish Methodist Church (aka the People’s Church) at 163 East 111th Street is a church constructed in 1881, which is historically significant for its association with the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group formed from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Central Harlem – West 130-132nd Street Historic District is located between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. The streetscapes contain a cohesive collection of intact late-19th century row house architectural styles, and the area is rich with significant African American cultural history, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights movement.


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