South Village Faces Increasing Threats
GVSHP has documented an increasing number of threats facing the historic South Village neighborhood, and has been pushing the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to move ahead with landmarking the area as soon as possible. GVSHP first approached the LPC about designation of the South Village in 2002, and at the end of 2006 submitted a formal proposal for designation of the district* authored by one of our city’s foremost architectural historians, along with documentation of the history of each of nearly 800 buildings in the district to buttress that proposal.
Since the proposal was submitted, the LPC has indicated that they are considering the first section of the proposed district west of 6th Avenue, but has not yet taken any formal action. Meanwhile, GVSHP has found an increasing number of historic sites within the proposed district that have been demolished, compromised, or threatened during this time in all parts of the neighborhood. This includes the Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments, and in just the last few weeks an 1835 rowhouse and an 1861 rowhouse. Citing these ongoing and increasing threats, GVSHP is calling upon the LPC to act right away to protect the threatened South Village.
How to Help:
Send a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to designate the South Village Historic District as soon as possible
* Report funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts