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NYS Armory, Staten Island

Proposed Historic District for Snug Harbor-New Brighton: This district was proposed more than ten years ago. There is no consensus among homeowners. The area was downzoned by the New Brighton Citizens' Committee  to R2, more than 20 years ago. This will not prevent anyone from demolishing a lovely older home on a 90 by 150 lot. R2 allows for 40 by 100 lots and corner properties can be different.

Articles on Historic Buildings:

Bedell House, Tottenville
Seaman Cottage, Richmondtown
W.S Pendleton House, New Brighton
H.H. Richardson House, Arrochar
134 Main Street, Tottenville
208 Richmond Terrace, St. George

Landmarking: Preserving Historic Structures


 There are three different types of landmarking -  City, State and Federal


More Details on each type in the New York City area.


City Landmarking– NYC Landmarks


State Landmarking—State Historic Register


National Landmarking– National Historic Register


Nationwide the Economy Benefits with the Creation of Historic Districts


The following studies demonstrate that from the East to west coast there is evidence that historic preservation benefits both property owners and the economy overall. Studies show that homes located within historic districts increase in value on average, at a higher rate, then those that are not located within a district. Neighborhoods are more stable n many ways.

The September 2003 report by the NYC Independent Budget Office, titled, “The Impact on Historic Designation on Property Values” provides strong evidence for the economic benefits historic designation. The study focused on 1, 2 and three family homes, which is most relevant to Staten Island.  Visit: http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/

A New Jersey study done by the New Jersey Historic Trust 1995: The Economics Impacts of Historic Preservation, reviews research done in this area and provides a good summary of it. It concludes that NJ landmark properties have increased at least 5%, if not more than non-historic designated properties with an increase in taxable value for the state.

Visit: http://www.njht.org/pdf/chap8.pdf

The Florida Department of State 2002 study, The Economic Impacts of Preservation of Florida, created with research assistance from Rutgers University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. It includes a chapter on historic designation and property values. The chapter reports that, in 15 of 18 case studies, property in historic districts increased more than in comparative neighborhoods. No instance was found in which historic designation depressed property values. This study is typical of a number of studies sponsored by state governments wishing to report on the economic impacts of state and local preservation programs. 

Visit: http://www.law.ufl.edu/cgr/pdf/historic_report.pdf


A 2002 report titled, The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation found that residential property values in historically designated areas increased or stayed the same as those values in nearby, undesignated areas. None of the case study areas showed any decrease in property values after historic designation. Other economic effects and benefits of preservation were also studied. Study partners included Clarion Associates of Colorado, a land-use and real estate consulting firm, BBC Research & Consulting and Place Economics of Washington, D.C.


Visit: http://www.coloradohistory-oahp.org/programareas/shf/support/2002/june.htm


A study titled, “Historic Preservation and Residential Property Values: An Analysis of Texas Cities,” was published in 2000. Robin M. Leichenko of Rutgers University focused on Texas cities and describes the positive impact historic designation has on property values in general. Also that the historic designation is associated with an average property value increase ranging between 5 percent and 20 percent of the total property value.” Visit: http://geography.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/leichenko/leichenko_coulson_listokin2001.pdf


An authoritative 1995 economic study of house prices includes several striking findings: homes located in two nationally and locally designated historic districts increased in price at a rate almost 25 percent faster than did homes in the community at large. John A. Kilpatrick, a lecturer with the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic studies at the University of South Carolina College of Business, coordinated the project in cooperation with Susan McGahee and the late Nancy Meriwether of the Historical Services Division, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.


Visit: http://www.anaheimcolony.com/propval2.htm


Also a 1998 South Carolina study, by Mundy Associates found that residences in designated historic districts sell for 21% to 27% more than similar residences outside the district and residences in those districts increase in price faster than homes in the surrounding market. Furthermore, this increase lasts a long time, benefiting not only the owners at the time of the creation of a historic preservation ordinance, but also subsequent owners.


Visit: http://www.mundyassoc.com/publications/pocketbook.pdf


At this smart growth seminar Donovan Rypkema, principal of Place Economics argued that sensible land use policies enhance rather than diminish property values, and that public constraints on private property such as zoning have been central to American political society for three centuries. Comprehensive approaches to smart growth frequently include some form of land use controls. Discussion of land use regulations often generates resistance from proponents of the "property rights" movement. Many argue that restrictions on privately owned land have an adverse impact on property values and are alien to American political tradition. A more complete look at American history and available property value research reaches different conclusions. The talk is available through the Smart Growth Network.

Visit: http://www.smartgrowth.org/calendar/evdetails.asp?evid=3



Archived Articles on

Landmarks and Preservation


Landmarks on SI , SI Advance 2005


March 2, 2002 Original SI Hospital


Sept 19, 2006, New Brighton Church

Oct . 7, 2006 Dorothy Day Cottages


Letter to Editor on Councilman Oddo and Seaview


Victory Diner is saved


Preservation Perverts Tottenville


Towers for St. George 2006


Forgotten Tour 16 Great Views


Forgotten SIRT Cool Views


Hotel Castleton Burns 1907


Lighthouse Museum


The Lane Theatre, New Dorp


Carrere and Hastings



Your Guide to Classic Homes and Historic Neighborhoods

Staten Island Real Estate, Neighborhood News and Discussions.


the Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, staten island, new york and former staten island hospital and frost memorial tower


Recent Landmark Reports available at : NYC Landmarks

Staten Island Landmark Day was a success!


Nine Buildings were heard at the public hearing and

over 30 supporters attended  the hearing on August 11th, 2009


Horton’s Row and 372 Westervelt Ave have been landmarked.


We are still waiting for the following buildings to be landmarked. Read more!

Christ Church, Reformed Church on Staten Island, Staten Island Armory and 63William St.


Visit NYC Landmarks for more info and email them to show your support


NYS Historic Properties Tax Credit Bill—New version in 2009


Currently the Tax Credit Bill Does NOT benefit Staten Island: It targets ‘residential and commercial credit of the program to “distressed” areas, which is defined as being located within a Census tract identified at or below one hundred percent of the median family income’ Read More.

Park Lane at Sea View, Staten Island ,NY