Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

June 17, 2009

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Eileen Larrabee
Dan Keefe

State Board Recommends 24 Nominations for State & National Registers of Historic Places

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 24 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

"These nominations reflect many of the varied commercial, religious and social movements that have shaped New York State," said Carol Ash, Commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "Bringing recognition to these properties will help us to preserve, appreciate and understand New York's profound history."

Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

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. 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.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are 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.


Broome County

1. J. Stewart Wells House (Parsons Funeral Home), Binghamton - an outstanding example of a late-19th century residence designed by renowned Southern Tier architect Isaac G. Perry for prominent Binghamton builder J. Stewart Wells.

Chautauqua County

2. The Wellman Building, Jamestown - two functionally related Italian Renaissance buildings built in 1897 and 1919 in the city's central business district.

Chenango County

3. Emmanuel Episcopal Church Complex, Norwich - a complex that includes a distinctive 1874 Gothic Revival church, 1914 parish center and 1958 education building.

Columbia County

4. James Lynch House, Nutten Hook - a 1900 Victorian that served as home, store and post office during the hamlet's brick-making and ice-harvesting heyday.

Cortland County

5. Taylor Center Methodist Episcopal Church, Taylor - a remarkably intact modest rural church built in 1870.

Dutchess County

6. Mount Beacon Fire Tower, Beacon - a 1931 observation tower at the summit of Mount Beacon that served in the state's early 20th century forest fire prevention efforts.

Erie County

7. Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo - the 1894 church is a distinctive example of a Romanesque Revival and Tudor Revival architecture in Buffalo.

8. St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church Complex, Buffalo - the church, school and rectory, built between 1895 and 1956, are excellent examples of Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne architecture.

Kings County

9. Brooklyn Trust Company Building, Brooklyn - now a Chase Manhattan Bank, the Italian Renaissance structure built between 1913-16 is one of the finest on "Bank Row" in Brooklyn.

Monroe County

10. Sage-Marlowe House, Scottsville - a 19th century Federal-style workingman's cottage that retains a high degree of integrity.

Nassau County

11. Manhasset Society of Friends Meeting House, Manhasset - the 1812 building is an outstanding example of vernacular building traditions, and has been in continuous use by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers) since its construction.

New York County

12. The Emerson, New York - an example of a model tenement, a type of privately-funded housing built to provide safe and healthy apartments for the working poor, important in the social history of New York.

13. Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, New York - dedicated in 1909, the late Gothic Revival Church was established by German immigrants and survived attempts to demolish the church in the urban renewal projects of the 1950s.

Orange County

14. Peale's Barber Farm Mastodon Exhumation Site, Montgomery - a two-acre site defined by a small pond left behind from the 1801 excavation of the skeletal remains of a mastodon by noted artist and scientist Charles Willson Peale.

Queens County

15. Rego Park Jewish Center, Rego Park - a modernist synagogue built in 1948 to serve the fast growing Jewish population of Rego Park.

16. Astoria Center of Israel, Astoria - one of the few surviving early 20th century synagogues in Queens, built in 1925-26 when the Jewish population was small.

17. Free Synagogue of Flushing, Flushing - a 1927 Neo-Classical Revival synagogue established as part of the "Free Synagogue" movement.

Rockland County

18. Brook Chapel, Hillburn - an 1893 church erected to serve Native Americans of the Ramapo Mountain region.

St. Lawrence County

19. Fort De La Presentation, Ogdensburg - site of the archaeological remains of the site of fort held by the French, British and Americans from 1749 to 1813.

Suffolk County

20. Foster-Meeker House, Westhampton Beach - a classic 18th Century Long Island Cape Cod-style dwelling saved from demolition by the Westhampton Beach Historical Society.

Ulster County

21. Christ Episcopal Church, Marlboro - the 1858 structure is a largely intact example of Gothic Revival/English Parish Church-inspired architecture.

Wayne County

22. Palmyra Village Historic District, Palmyra - a remarkably intact collection of early 19th to early 20th century commercial, civic religious and residential properties.

23. Alasa Farms, Sodus - a collection of 19th and early 20th century agrarian buildings that include rare surviving examples of Shaker architecture.

Westchester County

24. Woman's Club of White Plains - a distinctive 1910 Westchester County estate that later became the home of the Woman's Club, an integral part of the social fabric of White Plains.