Proposal for a Richmond Hill Historic District
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In an effort to protect and preserve Richmond Hill’s Victorian character, the Richmond Hill Historical Society will be applying for both a New York City Historic District and a National Register District. A New York City Historic District is overseen by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and protects the character of the district through Landmarks Law. A National Register District is administered through the NYS Historic Preservation Office and getting listed would provide an honor and mark of distinction for our historic community.
Historic designation is a win-win for Richmond Hill. By promoting an Historic District we strengthen community awareness of Richmond Hill’s place in history in the development of New York City. More importantly, establishment of such a district would celebrate and protect Richmond Hill so that future generations can marvel at its charm as we do today. In addition to the preservation benefits, there are many economic benefits as well, such as a likely increase in property values, the attraction of new businesses to the community, and an improved quality of life for all of our residents.
The boundaries we have proposed and the properties selected have been carefully considered for their contribution to creating a sense of time and place reminiscent of Queens at the turn-of-the-century. Richly textured Victorian, Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Dutch Colonial, and Tudor Revival are some of the featured architectural styles within Richmond Hill. Although our proposed historic district map will be submitted to both the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the final boundaries, should Richmond Hill be approved, would be determined by each of those governmental bodies.
Please SIGN THIS PETITION to lend your support for an Historic District by joining with the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the following public officials, organizations, and civic leaders who have also endorsed this effort:
- Eric A. Ulrich—NYC Council Member, District 32
- Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.—NY State Senator, District 15
- Andrew Hevesi—NY State Assembly Member, District 28
Elizabeth S. Crowley—NYC Council Member, District 30
- Michael Miller—NY State Assembly Member, District 38
- Wendy Bowne—President, Richmond Hill Block Association
Mitchell Grubler—Chair, Queens Preservation Council
- Adedosu Joshua, President, AIA Queens (Chapter of the American Institute of Architects)
Jack Eichenbaum—Queens Borough Historian
- NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
- Historic Districts Council
- Queens Historical Society
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