Central Sunset Park Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

ARCHITECT: Thomas Bennett, Henry Pohlmann, Henry Spicer, George Roosen, William Rexer

DATE: 1897 - 1906

Designated: June 18, 2019

*The Central Sunset Park Historic District consists of approximately 148 buildings located on the north and south sides of 47th and 48th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues, and along the east and west sides of 6th Avenue between 47th and 49th Streets. Clad in brick, limestone, brownstone, or a combination of materials, the proposed district’s row houses are predominantly two stories with high stoops. Their uniform rows create distinctive streetscapes with consistent cornice lines and rhythmically recurring, rounded and angled, fullheight projecting bays. Working for local developers and builders, a number of Brooklyn architects are represented in the proposed district, including Thomas Bennett, Henry Pohlmann, Henry Spicer, George Roosen, and William Rexer.

*excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission

STATUS Designated Historic District

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Jun 18, 2019

HDC@LPC: Designation Testimony – Sunset Park Historic Districts

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Local Voices

“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

Local Voices

“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”

Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

Local Voices

“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

Local Voices

“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society

Local Voices

"HDC has begun a series of projects to highlight the Bronx's architectural and cultural history. From booklet's and research highlighting specific sites and historic districts to the HDC's symposium in October 2018 to the latest community-based committee to look into further possible sites to qualify for landmarking, the HDC has established projects that will serve the Bronx community well."

Elena Martinez
City Lore, Folklorist
Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director

Local Voices

"Welcome2TheBronx is grateful for the advocacy done by the Historic Districts Council on behalf of the people of The Bronx. Through their deep connections and understanding of the importance of preserving our local histories, The Bronx has been able to have several spotlights shown on endangered communities as gentrification creeps into the borough."

Ed García Conde,
founder and Executive Director,

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