Neighbors, elected officials and fellow preservation groups turned out in droves yesterday at LPC with GVSHP to speak in favor of the designation of the Sullivan-Thompson historic district, the third and final phase of GVSHP’s original South Village proposal submitted to LPC ten years ago. This proposed district is made up of roughly ten blocks and one hundred sixty buildings south of Houston Street between Sixth Avenue and West Broadway, and its potential designation is the result of years of hard work from GVSHP, our community partners, elected officials, and advocates who participated in hearings, protests, and letter-writing campaigns. Yesterday’s hearing marked the culmination of those efforts (for a summary of those ten-plus years of efforts, read here).
Council Member Corey Johnson turned out to speak personally in favor of designation, as did a representative of Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer. Other advocacy groups supporting designation included the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Historic Districts Council, the Society for the Architecture of the City and the Victorian Society of New York. The hearing was well chronicled in the press including NY Yimby, New York 1, and the West Village Patch.
Already listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places and part of the Preservation League of New York State’s Seven to Save, the district includes such buildings as St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, five reformed housing tenements and an amazing cross section of New York City housing types including early 19th century row houses, pre-law, old law and new law tenements which housed vast numbers of immigrants during the second half the 19th century and on into the 20th century.
The final vote will be held at the LPC on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 so stay tuned!