Endangered Buildings Initiative

Richmond Hill Republican Club

Richmond Hill Republican Club
Richmond Hill Republican Club

86-15 Lefferts Blvd., Queens

This modest building is nonetheless very significant in its town center, and was desigated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2002. It stands in the triangle that is the heart of Richmond Hill, right across the street from a busy Carnegie Library and next to several of the very handsome private houses that are characteristic of this suburban neighborhood.

The building is privately owned by the descendents of the original shareholders who were members of the club. Efforts to develop a new use or find a new owner are complicated by the multiple ownership. Despite the intervention of elected officials and preservationists, no solution has been found for the stalemate and the building continutes to deteriorate.

An excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

‘The Richmond Hill Republican Club is an intact example of a clubhouse designed to serve the social, political, and recreational needs of a local community as well as an excellent prototype of small-scale civic architecture.’

Neighborhood: Richmond Hill
Building use type: Other
Condition: Poor
Year built: 1908
Predominant materials: Masonry
NYC Designation Status: Landmark
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