Forest Hills Rowhouses Landmark Request Falls Short
Commission Rejects Request To Landmark Forest Hills Site
by Alan Krawitz , Chronicle Contributor
The fate of two century-old rowhouses in Forest Hills remains uncertain this week in the wake of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to reject them for landmark status.
Still, many residents believe the houses should be saved for their historical significance. “Cord Meyer, the developer of Forest Hills, built these houses for the area’s first plumber, electrician and carpenter,” said Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association. “There’s enough history in these houses to make them a historic district.”
A plaque hung last year on the front of the property at 108-19 72nd Ave. commemorates the two houses’ 100th anniversary. It reads: “Built in 1906, they were the beginnings of this historic, beautiful community.”