Preservationists in c celebrated a victory last week when the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to create a new 115-building historic district in the neighborhood.
During the LPC meeting commissioners repeatedly thanked their research staff for the hard work they did while creating the district, and in order to show off their research team’s efforts the LPC created a 3D, interactive map of the new historic district.
The map contains information about the 115 building included in the district. Users can click on any building to see when it was constructed, who designed the building, who currently owns the building and the building’s name (if it has one).
“We’re very excited to launch the agency’s first 3-D Historic District Map and hope that it will be not only a wonderful educational resource for all New Yorkers, but also a tool to aid the new stewards of our city’s historic buildings during the LPC application process,” LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said in a statement.
The new historic district was created to reflect the neighborhood’s rapid development in the 20th century into a middle class residential neighborhood, LPC commissioners said during last week’s vote. The district begins on West 119th Street and covers most buildings east of Broadway until West 109th Street. Some buildings on West 113th, West 112th, West 111th and Cathedral Parkway between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue will also be included in the historic district.
During a December 6 public meeting held by the LPC neighborhood preservationists, architects and elected officials showed up in droves to support the creation of the district.
“Our neighborhood thus stands as an island of vulnerability amidst the better protected areas around it. That’s why we have so passionately pursued this historic district as a means to protect our rich architectural history,” City Councilman Mark Levine said at the December meeting.
Here’s a 2D version of the new historic district:
Screenshot of map courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission and source