Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

November 01, 2006

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Catherine Jimenez

State Board Recommends Diverse Properties for Listing on State & National Registers of Historic Places

(Albany, NY, Thursday, November 1, 2006...) New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Bernadette Castro today announced that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended 32 properties for nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

"With steadfast support from Governor Pataki, New York has been a national leader in historic preservation. We remain dedicated to safeguarding the State's most valued treasures," said Commissioner Castro, State Historic Preservation Officer. "By officially recognizing these properties and the people who work so hard to preserve them, we are not only protecting New York's past, but also investing in our future."

Some of the properties recommended for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places include the Rev. J. Edward Nash House in Buffalo; the Copake Iron Works Historic District in Columbia County; and Dansville Downtown Historic District in Livingston County.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation is an independent panel of experts appointed by the Governor. The Board also consists of representatives from the following state agencies: Council of Parks; Council on the Arts; Department of Education; Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation. The function of the Board is to advise and provide recommendations on state and federal preservation programs, including the State and National Registers of Historic Places, to the State Historic Preservation Officer, which in New York is the State Parks Commissioner.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. Official recognition can help highlight that state's heritage and can enhance local preservation efforts. Benefits of Registers listing include eligibility for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. There are more than 4,400 National Register listings in New York State, including more than 85,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state.

During the nomination process, the State Board submits recommendations to Commissioner Castro. The Commissioner may list properties on the New York State Register Historic Places and nominate them to the National Register of Historic Places where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, DC. The State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Interior, jointly administer the registers program.

"The properties recommended at the October State Board meeting illustrate the diversity of New York's impressive historic resources," said Robert B. MacKay, Chairman of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. "Through these nominations, New York has once again proven its commitment to preserving our heritage."

At the June 2006 meeting of the State Historic Preservation Board, 31 properties were recommended for listing to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. For more information about the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and the State and National Registers program, as well as a complete list of the properties recommended in June, contact the Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau at (518) 237-8643, or visit the state parks web site at

The recommended properties listed by region are attached.


Broome County
Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovak Roman Catholic School

Chemung County
Hovey Everett House, Lowman

Chenango County
Sannick Family Farm

Columbia County
Copake Iron Works Historic District

Dutchess County
Cornelius Campbell House

Erie County
The Garret Club
Rev. J. Edward Nash House

Hamilton County
Pillsbury Mountain Fire Observation Station

Herkimer County
Sunset Hill

Livingston County
Dansville Downtown Historic District
Goveland Ambuscade and Boyd Parker Parks
Sliker Cobblestone House

Nassau County
Execution Rocks Light Station
North Hempstead Town Hall

New York County
Wall Street Historic District
West Street Building

Niagara County
First Unitarian Universalist Church

Oneida County
Camroden Presbyterian Church

Onondaga County
C.W. Snow & Co. Warehouse
District School No. 6, Cicero
Mrs. I.L. Crego Residence
Wilson Building

Queens County
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Complex

Rensselaer County
Breese-Reynolds House

Richmond County
West Bank Light Station

Schenectady County
Swart House and Tavern

Seneca County
David and Mary Kinne Farmstead
Julius and Harriet Bull House, Seneca Co.

St. Lawrence County
Wanakena Presbyterian Church

Suffolk County
Orient Point Light Station

Westchester County
Bronxville Women's Club

Wyoming County
Augustus A. Smith House