On February 2, 2021, the Commission unanimously voted to calendar the Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District and the New York Public Library, Harlem Branch at -9 West 124th Street. Both recognize the contributions of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance.
The proposed Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District consists of intact streetscapes of a striking variety of 19th and early-20th century row houses, multi-family dwellings, and institutions, designed by prominent New York City architects within two sections on either side of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between West 136th Street and West 140th Street.
The Harlem Branch of the NY Public Library is an elegant Classical Revival style building designed by the prominent architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White in 1907 and opened in 1909, one of twelve Carnegie libraries designed by the firm for the New York Public Library.
On January 19, 2021, the Commission unanimously voted to calendar Conference House Park Archaeological Site at 298 Satterlee Street on Staten Island, Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz at 715 West 179th Street in Washington Heights, and 70 Fifth Avenue, known as the Educational Building, in the Greenwich Village.
The Conference House Park Archaeological Site recognizes the over-8,000-year history of Native American occupation of the site and would protect its below-ground archaeological resources. It would be the city’s first Landmark to recognize its thousands of years of Native American habitation.
Holyrood Episcopal Church is architecturally significant as a sophisticated and well-executed Gothic Revival design by the architectural firm of Bannister & Schell, and is culturally significant as an important social, cultural, and religious anchor for the Latino/a community for the past 40 years.
70 Fifth Avenue, a Neoclassical/Beaux Arts building designed by Charles A. Rich, is significant for housing the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) among a remarkable tenant roster of progressive organizations that have shaped American society.