Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

September 14, 2007

Eileen Larrabee
Cathy Jimenez

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

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash today accepted the recommendation of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation to add 34 properties to 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 a wide range of historic places that have played a significant role in shaping the history of our state and nation," said Ash. "Register listing helps communities to identify historic resources and gives credibility to efforts to preserve these resources as irreplaceable parts of our community."

Ash noted that some of the properties recommended for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places include Evergreens Cemetery (Brooklyn/Queens); C.W. Miller Livery Stable (Buffalo); Abel Bennett Tract Historic District (Binghamton); Smith-Ripley House (Adams, Jefferson County); and the Town Line Bridge (Taylor, Cortland 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 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 helps highlight that state's heritage and can enhance local preservation efforts. The benefits of 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 national register program.

For more information about the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and the State and National Register programs 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:


  • Brooklyn, Queens & Kings Counties
  • 1. Evergreens Cemetery - cemetery founded in 1849 straddling the Brooklyn-Queens border.
  • Broome County
  • 2. Marlborough Building, Binghamton - small-scale commercial building constructed in 1914.
  • 3. Binghamton Theatre, Binghamton - built in 1919 originally designed to host vaudeville shows and silent films.
  • 4. Abel Bennett Tract Historic District, Binghamton - example of late 19th and early 20th Century residential subdivision.
  • Cortland County
  • 5. Town Line Bridge, Cincinnatus - 85 foot single-span metal truss vehicular bridge built in 1888.
  • Delaware County
  • 6. New Kingston Historic District, New Kingston - rural hamlet developed during the second half of the 19th Century.
  • Erie County
  • 7. C.W. Miller Livery Stable, Buffalo - stable built 1892-94 attracted national attention for its construction and storage capabilities.
  • Genesee County
  • 8. C.W. Miller Livery Stable, Buffalo - stable built 1892-94 attracted national attention for its construction and storage capabilities.
  • Greene County
  • 9. Moore Road Stone Arch Bridge, Cornwallville - built 1887.
  • 10. Brand Hollow Road Stone Arch Bridge, West Durham - built 1892-93
  • 11. Hathaway, Tannersville - 20th Century Catskill Mountain estate.
  • Jefferson County
  • 12. Smith-Ripley House, Adams - built 1854
  • Nassau County
  • 13. House at 251 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynbrook - farmhouse built in the late 18th Century.
  • 14. House at 73 Grove Street, Lynbrook - farmhouse built in the late 18th Century.
  • 15. House at 474 Ocean Avenue, Lynbrook - farmhouse built around 1838.
  • New York County
  • 16. House at 49 East 80th Street - 1929-30 Art Deco style townhouse located on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
  • Orange County
  • 17. James "Squire" Patton House, New Windsor - built 1790s.
  • 18. Dodge - Greenleaf House, Otisville - Gothic Revival-style house built 1855.
  • Orleans County
  • 19. Servoss House, Medina - Greek-Revival house built from 1830-33.
  • Oswego County
  • 20. Standard Yarn Company, Oswego - industrial building constructed 1897-1911.
  • Rensselaer County
  • 21. Clark-Dearstyne-Miller Inn, Rensselaer - hotel and tavern built 1791.
  • Rockland County
  • 22. Peter Depew House, New City - circa 1750-80 tied to the early settlement of Rockland County.
  • 23. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Spring Valley - built 1872
  • 24. North Main Street School, Spring Valley - built 1816 to accommodate rapidly growing student population.
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • 25. Village Park Historic District (Boundary Expansion #2), Canton - increasing the boundary for historic district originally listed in 1975 to include three additional buildings.
  • Schenectady County
  • 26. Niskayuna Railroad Station, Niskayuna; built 1843 - one of only two rural stations constructed on the Troy & Schenectady rail line.
  • 27. The Bishop Family Lustron House, Glenville; 1949 Lustron house which transitioned the town from a farming community into a suburb.
  • Schoharie County
  • 28. Livingstonville Community Church, Livingston - built 1849 for Methodist congregation.
  • 29. The Colyer House, Schoharie - example of Federal period (1780-1820) architecture in Schoharie Valley.
  • Seneca County
  • 30. James Russell Webster House, Waterloo - built between 1850s-70s
  • Suffolk County
  • 31. Davis Field, Bayport - represents period in aviation history when small airfields served Long Island.
  • Ulster County
  • 32. Burger-Matthews House, Kingston - Victorian resident built in 1872-73 for Solomon Burger, prominent builder in Ulster County.
  • Wayne County
  • 33. Dipper Dredge No. 3, Lyons - a steam-powered floating dredge that maintained the New York State Barge Canal between 1919 and 1957.
  • Westchester County
  • 34. Scarsdale Woman's Club, Scarsdale - built 1858; purchased by the Scarsdale Woman's Club 1887, a organization promoting civic interests.