Preservation School: Spring 2018

Join us for the spring 2018 series : Making a Strong Case for a Historic District – Wed. evenings in May

Join us for the spring 2018 series:

Making a Strong Case for a Historic District


The Historic Districts Council is pleased to present a series of classes that will illuminate the process of proposing a historic district on either the state or local level. This series is ideally suited to civic organizations, community board members, grassroots preservationists and anyone interested in how to preserve neighborhood character. In addition to the overall theme, the classes will provide you with general knowledge and vocabulary about historic preservation practice in New York City.

These four 60-minute sessions will begin at 6:00PM

at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Classes are $15 each or $50 for all four.


Wednesday, May 2:             Preservation Tools for NYC

This introductory course will provide an overview of the regulations and funding mechanisms (both at the City and State levels) that exist to protect historic resources in New York City. The course will also outline the various organizations and entities that work to uphold and strengthen these mechanisms.
(Instructor: Simeon Bankoff)

Wednesday, May 9
:             How to Perform a Buildings Survey

A survey is the first crucial step toward proposing a historic district. This course will include information on windshield surveys, defining district boundaries, identifying common and/or prevalent styles and building types, tips for taking great photos, how much research to include and how to present the information you’ve compiled. 
(Instructor: Kerri Culhane)

Wednesday, May 16
:          How to Research NYC Buildings

This course will pick up where the previous course leaves off, delving into tools and strategies for researching the buildings in your proposed NYC district, including various repositories and document types. Learn the basics of how to investigate the origins and stories behind historic properties in order to make a strong case for the significance of your district and to present the most thorough information possible. 
(Instructor: Gregory Dietrich)

Wednesday, May 23
:          Community Outreach and Coalition Building (class begins at 6:15)

Once you’ve defined the area you want to preserve, the most important step is to build stakeholder and resident support. This class will feature a conversation between two community preservationists from Prospect Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, who led successful campaigns to garner the support of their neighbors, elected officials and local organizations. This important work bolstered their cases and led to the designation of local historic districts in both neighborhoods. 
(Instructors: Gib Veconi & Claudette Brady)



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