Landmarks Preservation

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) published a study detailing how the designation of historic districts in the city has affected home prices. The IBO found that prices for homes in historic districts have been consistently higher than those outside historic districts. In the report's introduction, the IBO evaluates the relationship between historic districts and the correlation of higher...

Olmsted’s Staten Island Home in State of Disrepair

Olmsted’s Staten Island Home in State of Disrepair

On Staten Island sits an important house in a dreadful state of disrepair. Described by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission as "a distinguished residence," the former home of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead was declared a landmark in 1967. Alternately known as the Olmsted-Beil House or the Poillon House, this structure is the final remnant of the original 125-acre...

Preserving Your Historic Structure's Story

Preserving Your Historic Structure’s Story

Architecture is designed with intention, meaning its form says something about the building's purpose. Form follows function. Elements such as decorative cornices, windows and doors all contribute to the story of the building's purpose. This is especially true of historic buildings. Preserving their design helps to preserve the building's story and history. Telling a Story There is rarely, if ever, anything random...