Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

March 21, 2007

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Eileen Larrabee
Catherine Jimenez

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

(Albany, NY, Wednesday, March 21, 2007...) New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Acting Commissioner Carol Ash today announced that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended 53 properties for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

"New York is home to unique and diverse cultural resources that have played a significant role in shaping the history of our state and nation," said Acting Commissioner Ash. "Quality of life and economic vitality throughout the state are enhanced because we remain committed to preserving and protecting our heritage. Official recognition of these properties encourages tourism and revitalization activities in communities were preservation is an investment in the future."

Some of the properties recommended for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places include the Gansevoort Market Historic District in New York City; Copake United Methodist Church and Copake Cemetery in Columbia County; the Bacon/Merchant/Moss House in Lockport; the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills; and the Knox Street Historic District in Albany.

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 organizations: 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 nearly 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts.

During the nomination process, the State Board submits recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer. The properties may be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated 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.

"These nominations underscore the strong interest and commitment of the State Historic Preservation Board and a diverse group of individuals and organizations in recognizing and protecting our state's most cherished historic and cultural treasures," said Robert B. MacKay, Chairman of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation.

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 as follows:


Albany County

1. Knox Street Historic District
2. Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Albany

Chemung County

3. Erste Deutsche Evangelische Kirche, Elmira
4. Trinity Church, Elmira

Columbia County

5. Copake United Methodist Church and Copake Cemetery, Copake
6. Dr. Joseph P. Dorr House, Hillsdale

Delaware County

7. Burns Family Farm, Bovina
8. Pioneer Cemetery, Sidney

Dutchess County

9. Peter and Karen McComb House, Poughkeepsie
10. Hendrick Martin House, Red Hook
11. Parker Training Academy Dutch Barn, Red Hook

Erie County

12. Parke Apartments, Buffalo
13. Corpus Christi R.C. Church Complex, Buffalo

Franklin County

14. Hastings Farmstead, Dickenson

Genesee County

15. Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy

Greene County

16. Shady Glen Road Stone Arch Bridge, Cornwallville
17. Allan Teator Road Stone Arch Bridge, West Durham
18. Hervey Street Stone Arch Bridge, Hervey Street
19. Croswell-Parsons Paper Mill Ruins, New Baltimore
20. Twilight Park Historic District, Haines Falls

Herkimer County

21. Norway Baptist Church (former), Norway

Kings County

22. Austin, Nichols & Company Warehouse
23. Saitta House
24. Houses at 216-264 Ovington Avenue

Lewis County

25. "The Pines," Lyons Falls
26. Lowville Presbyterian Church, Lowville

Livingston County

27. Aaron Barber Memorial Library, Avon
28. Caledonia Library, Caledonia
29. Groveland Ambuscade and Boyd & Parker Parks, Groveland and Cuylerville

Monroe County

30. Christ Church, Rochester

New York County

31. St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
32. House at 20 West 16th Street
33. Van Tassell & Kearney Horse Auction Mart
34. Gansevoort Market Historic District

Niagara County

35. John Carter Farmstead, Youngstown
36. Peter D. Walter House, Lockport
37. Bacon/Merchant/Moss House, Lockport

Oneida County

38. John C. Hieber Co. Building, Utica

Onondaga County

39. Tefft-Steadman House, Marcellus
40. Solvay Public Library, Solvay
41. H.N. Burhans House, Syracuse

Orange County

42. Southfields Methodist Episcopal Church, Southfields (Town of Tuxedo)

Orleans County

43. Millville Cemetery, Millville
44. Cobblestone Inn, Oak Orchard

Richmond County

45. Temple Emanu-El, Staten Island

Steuben County

46. Rowe House, Cohocton

Suffolk County

47. The Coltrane Home, Dix Hills
48. Sisters of St. Dominic Motherhouse Complex, North Amityville

Sullivan County

49. Beaverkill Covered Bridge, Beaverkill

Ulster County

50. Milton Railroad Station, Milton

Washington County

51. Thomas McLean House, Battenville (Town of Greenwich)

Westchester County

52. Plashbourne Estate, Yonkers

Wyoming County

53. Brick Presbyterian Church, Perry