Preservation Issues

Crown Heights North Gets a Third Historic District


-Proposed District, Crown Heights North III


-The Church of God in Christ

UPDATE: March 25, 2015

More than three years after a public hearing, the Landmarks Commission has designated the Crown Heights III Historic District. The unanimous vote on March 24 celebrates and protects over 600 buildings. The Conservancy has attended many community meetings regarding this and earlier phases of the Crown Heights designations and testified in support at the January 2012 hearing. (Read our Testimony)
 
The buildings in the District, like those in the earlier phases, form a collection of impressive streetscapes.  There are many intact row houses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in styles typical of that period, such as Renaissance, Romanesque, and Colonial  Revival, Neo-Grec, and Queen Anne. Among the institutions included is the Church of God in Christ, originally Shaari Zedek Synagogue.  When the Conservancy performed its survey of former synagogue buildings of Brooklyn, the director of the Sacred Sites Program called it the finest Classical Revival former synagogue in the borough.
 
Along with the first two Crown Heights districts, this brings the total number of designated houses, apartment buildings, and institutions in this historic section of Brooklyn to 1,752.  In light of recent attacks on historic district designation and the City’s own plan to weaken contextual zoning, the Conservancy welcomes the LPC’s vote and hopes it will be one of many additional designations under this administration.

January 17, 2012 – NYLC Supports Designation of Crown Heights North Phase III Historic District
Read our testimony below.

STATEMENT OF THE NEW YORK LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY BEFORE THE N.Y.C. LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION REGARDING THE PROPOSED DESIGNATION OF THE CROWN HEIGHTS NORTH PHASE III HISTORIC DISTRICT IN BROOKLYN

Good morning, Chair Tierney and Commissioners. I am Andrea Goldwyn, speaking on behalf of The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The Conservancy strongly supports the designation of the third phase of the Crown Heights North Historic District. We are pleased to join with neighbors, public officials, preservationists, and the dedicated advocates of the Crown Heights North Association, in doing so.

This section of Crown Heights North is an impressive collection of buildings that forms attractive streetscapes and creates a vivid sense of place, deserving of the protection of the Landmarks Law. The late 19th and early 20th century row houses, apartments and institutions that comprise the District, many in the Renaissance Revival style, feature elaborate stonework, a mosaic of materials, and artful decorative elements. We are fortunate that many of the buildings are so little changed.

The Conservancy knows Crown Heights North first-hand. Our Historic Properties Fund has made many site visits and several loans to buildings in the larger National Register District. We’ve appeared at numerous community meetings. And when our Sacred Sites program surveyed the former synagogue buildings of Brooklyn the program director called The Church of God in Christ at Park and Kingston the finest such property in the borough.

We look forward to continuing to work with owners and residents in the District. And we would like to commend the Commission for recognizing the remarkable architecture found across Crown Heights North. Thank you for the opportunity to present The Landmarks Conservancy’s views.