Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

I own an historic residential property in need of restoration. Who should I talk to at the Conservancy?

Please visit our Historic Properties Fund page to learn more about our low-interest loans and project management assistance.

How can I find out if my building is a New York City Landmark?

Contact the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Commission also features maps of all locally designated historic districts on its website.

What is an easement?

An historic preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement made between a property owner and a qualified, non-profit, easement-holding organization, such as the Conservancy. Its purpose is to protect a significant historic property, landscape, or archaeological site by restricting future changes to or development on the site.

The Conservancy accepts historic preservation easements on buildings and sites of historic value in the five boroughs of the New York City.

Do you offer volunteer opportunities?

We don’t, but we do offer a number of ways to support the Conservancy’s work. Click here to learn more about joining us. We also offer internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in historic preservation. Call us at 212.995.5260 to learn more.