Join The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Vote On Designation Of Iconic Buildings

June 26, 2023

On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will vote on the proposed designation of the 935 St. Nicholas Avenue Building, in Harlem, NY.

The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Residence, and the Hotel Cecil & Minton’s Playhouse Building in Harlem as individual landmarks.

The 935 St. Nicholas Avenue Building is a Gothic Revival-style brick and limestone apartment building designed by Gronenberg & Leuchtag in 1915 in Washington Heights. Along with its significant architectural character, the building is culturally significant as the longtime residence of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington and Noble Lee Sissle, two pioneers of jazz musicians who were among the most prolific composers, musicians, and bandleaders in American history.

The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Residence, 105-19 37th Avenue in Corona, Queens was home to the legendary jazz trumpeter from 1953 until c. 1965, at the height of his influential career. It is located around the corner from the designated home of Louis Armstrong, who moved there in 1943. At the time the two luminaries lived in close proximity, Corona was home to many Black residents, including other notable musicians.

The Hotel Cecil & Minton’s Playhouse Building, 206 West 118th Street in Harlem was home to the legendary Minton’s Playhouse, famous for three decades of presenting important house bands, star headliners, and informal jam sessions, and where the pivotal jazz style known as bebop took shape in the 1940s, transforming the history of American music.

LPC’s public hearing/meeting will be held in the agency’s hearing room at 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Borough of Manhattan, and will be live-streamed on the agency’s YouTube channel here.

For more information on LPC public hearings and how to participate, see our hearings page

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Join the hearing at Landmarks Preservation Commission YouTube Channel

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