Letters of Support
As part of our advocacy efforts, we will occasionally write letters of support for local, statewide, and national preservation issues. We will use this page to share these letters in an effort to be as transparent as possible about the advocacy work we are doing around New York State.
May 29, 2019: Six NYC LGBT Sites Considered for Landmark Designations
On Tuesday, June 4th, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider six NYC sites for designation as individual landmarks on the basis of their cultural significance, specifically the connection of these sites to New York City LGBT history. We produced this letter for our recent award-winner, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, to express support for affording these important properties the full protection of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law.
READ THE LEAGUE’S LETTER OF SUPPORT
From the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project:
Following the 2015 designation of the Stonewall Inn, the upcoming June 4 hearing and subsequent vote are an opportunity for the LPC to further recognize our City’s important LGBT heritage. As the LGBT community in New York City, across the country and around the world come together to honor the legacy of the 1969 Stonewall uprising this June, the importance of these designations cannot be overstated.
The six LGBT historic sites to be heard on June 4th are a small sampling of the 200 researched and featured on our website, nyclgbtsites.org. We drew from this database when recommending to the LPC a list of approximately one dozen sites of significance to LGBT history and culture. We are proud that the six sites now under review are borne from the Project’s research and championing of LGBT historic sites worthy of designation.
Click here to learn more about the six sites up for consideration and how you can get involved.
April 9, 2019: Estabrook Mansion/Wellington House | Fayetteville, NY
The Estabrook Mansion/Ward Wellington Ward House is a significant piece of Central NY Arts & Crafts architectural history. It was constructed between 1922-23 and is the largest work of Ward Wellington Ward that survives in the Syracuse area. The building touts significant contributions by highly acclaimed artisans such as Henry Keck Stained Glass and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is owned by a private individual who recently applied to the Town of Manlius for a zoning change of the property from Residential (1-A) to Commercial (C-A). The proposed zoning change would almost certainly lead to demolition of the property in favor of developing the area to suit more strip-mall style businesses.
Significant public push-back led this issue to be taken off the table for the April 10 Town Board Meeting. Several members of the Arts & Crafts Society of Central NY and other concerned citizens attended the meeting anyway because they felt it important to make their opinions known. The Town Board did indeed vote to permanently strike down the request so the property will not be rezoned from residential to commercial. The Town Board acknowledged the great number of letters they received in support of the building’s preservation.
4.5.19, Syracuse.com: 'Nip it now’: Onondaga County executive, legislator oppose Wellington House proposal