Archive

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Update

Tours of the Archive have been cancelled until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you to the Archive at a future date. In the meantime, please follow us on Instagram and Tumblr.

The Public Design Commission maintains an archive of projects reviewed by the Commission since 1902, documenting more than 7000 sites throughout New York City and providing a unique view into the history of the City’s public works. Containing original documents, drawings, photographs, and architectural plans, the Archive informs the Commission’s review of current projects and provides a valuable resource to researchers. In addition, the Archive holds special collections that were acquired by Commission members and staff. These photographs, postcards, letters, books, and artifacts provide additional insight into the history of the public spaces and buildings of New York City.

Art Commission Meeting Minutes, 1898. Photograph by Corey William Schneider, New York Adventure Club.

Art Commission Meeting Minutes, 1898. Photograph by Corey William Schneider, New York Adventure Club.