Preservation Issues

Conservancy Supports Proposed Inwood Historic District


-West 217th Street, Inwood


-Dyckman Farmhouse

November 2018

The Conservancy recently testified in favor of the proposed Park Terrace West—West 217th Street Historic District in the Inwood section of Manhattan. The proposed district is comprised of 15 single-family houses constructed in the 1920s and 30s in distinctive architecture styles that give the enclave its charm. While the Conservancy applauds the City Landmarks Commission for the new historic district, we believe there is more that the Commission can and should do to protect Inwood’s character.

A Conservancy survey of the neighborhood found several buildings that meet the requirements for individual landmark status, two City parks that should be designated as scenic landmarks, and a larger, more inclusive historic district that would include the large collection of 1920s apartment buildings that so well define the neighborhood. We urged the Commission to immediately move to landmark these resources.

The Conservancy will continue to push the Commission to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between preservation and growth now that Inwood has been upzoned by the City for new development.

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August 2018
Conservancy Urges LPC to Protect Inwood Before Rezoning Complete

The Conservancy will continue to push meaningful landmarking in Inwood now that the City Council has approved a modified version of the Administration’s upzoning plan for Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is studying a small historic district of detached houses in the northern section of the neighborhood. While we applaud that effort, it is not enough. We identified a larger central district and several individual landmarks in our survey of the area (see list). This is an architecturally cohesive historic neighborhood that deserves greater protection.

View PDF Slide show of Inwood

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July 2018

The Conservancy has urged the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to act quickly to save landmark quality buildings in Inwood as the City Council vote on the proposed rezoning of the neighborhood is expected in August.

In a letter to Acting LPC Chair Fred Bland, the Conservancy said a recent staff survey of the neighborhood found many worthy buildings eligible for landmarking. We also believe that Inwood Hill Park and Isham Park are eligible for scenic landmark status.

Among the fine buildings we cited are the Church of the Good Shepherd and its gothic revival parish house, Public School 52, Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, and the Harlem Savings Bank. Read the full letter here.

Inwood is a lovely historic neighborhood with a high degree of architectural cohesiveness defined by regular cornice heights, harmonious use of brick and terra cotta façade materials and a mix of early 20th-century styles.

Photo Slideshow of Inwood

The Conservancy believes that the LPC must act to strike an appropriate balance between preservation and growth.

Potential Individual Landmarks:
Good Shepherd Church, 4967 Broadway
Rectory of Good Shepherd Church, 608 Isham Street
97-105 Cooper Street
680 W. 204th Street
60 Cooper Street
Harlem Savings Bank (Now Apple Bank), 4948 Broadway
270 Dyckman Street
338 Dyckman Street
Fire Engine 95/Ladder Co. 36, 29 Vermilyea Avenue
5009-5021 Broadway
Department of Sanitation Incinerator, 4035 Ninth Avenue
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 20 Cummings Street
Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 80-84 Vermilyea Avenue
PS 52, 650 Academy Street
PS 98, 512 West 212th Street

Potential Scenic Landmarks:
Inwood Hill Park
Isham Park