Preserving Richmond Hill, Queens!

(Photos by Santiago Preciado)

On Saturday, June 23, HDC and the Richmond Hill Historical Society (RHHS) hosted a day of activities to celebrate the historic character of Richmond Hill, Queens. Richmond Hill History Day, which was free to the public, started with a walking tour of some of the neighborhood’s historic treasures led by RHHS President Ivan Mrakovcic, RHHS Board member Santiago Preciado and architectural historian Chris Brazee. Following the tour, attendees were invited to visit the RHHS Archive Museum, which includes documents and photographs related to the people, institutions and architecture that tell its rich story. Attendees were treated to a buffet dinner while Chris Brazee and historian Carl Ballenas gave illustrated presentations on, respectively, the effort to preserve the community and its fascinating history from farmland to the present. Attendees were also sent home with plenty of swag – RHHS tote bags and t-shirts, as well as brochures and information about the preservation effort.

The neighborhood has submitted a proposal to nominate a portion of the area to the National Register of Historic Places, which the State Historic Preservation Office in Albany is currently reviewing. Contiguously, the RHHS has submitted a Request for Evaluation to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider the designation of a local historic district in Richmond Hill. To lend your supportive voice to these efforts, please click on the button below to sign their petition. To view Chris Brazee’s slideshow presentation on the effort to preserve a historic district in Richmond Hill, click the second button below.

Be sure to also check out the RHHS website and follow them on Facebook!





HDC thanks Councilmember Eric Ulrich for his generous funding and support of Richmond Hill History Day and of the campaign to preserve Richmond Hill.

This program is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional support is provided by New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich.

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