🔗Landmarks Preservationist, Research Department
Website New York City Landmarks Preservationist
The Agency The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. It is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status and regulating them after designation. The agency is comprised of a panel of 11 commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor and supported by a staff of approximately 80 preservationists, researchers, architects, historians, attorneys, archaeologists, and administrative employees. There are more than 37,500 designated buildings and sites in New York City, most of which are located in 152 historic districts across in all five boroughs. Working at the Landmarks Preservation Commission provides a great opportunity to cultivate intellectual inspiration and professional development.
The Research Department is responsible for the identification, evaluation, documentation and designation of landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, and historic districts throughout New York City. Landmarks Preservationists in the Research Department work independently and/or collaboratively in small teams under the supervision and guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of Research.
Landmarks Preservationists have the unique opportunity to work throughout the city exploring and analyzing its historic sites and neighborhoods, conducting architectural surveys and historical research, and producing rigorously documented designation reports that recognize the city’s architecturally, culturally, and historically significant buildings and sites and enable their protection. In doing so, Landmarks Preservationists add to scholarship on New York City’s history and architecture, provide useful information about historic buildings to property owners and architects, participate in LPC’s Equity and Inclusion Goals, expanding public recognition and equitable representation of New York City’s diverse history, and have the opportunity to yield tangible results in preserving landmark buildings and historic districts throughout the city.
Working under the supervision and guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of Research, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conduct research, fieldwork, and analysis to evaluate the cultural, historical, and architectural significance and level of integrity of New York City buildings and sites, to determine whether they
· meet standards for consideration as individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, or historic districts;
· Maintain and expanding the agency’s citywide inventory of historic resources through survey and documentation of buildings and sites, which may include written descriptions, comparative analysis, on-site photography and inspection, databases, and GIS mapping;
· Write designation reports and other documents describing the history, design, and existing condition of buildings and neighborhoods proposed for designation;
· Make presentations for Commissioners, elected officials, and property owners;
· Respond to public inquiries and requests for evaluation and maintaining the agency’s public records including correspondence and public testimony related to proposed designations;
· Assist in agency communications with editorial, writing, educational and other special projects;
· Conduct research in architectural and urban history and/or historic preservation standards and best practices, and investigating new scholarship;
Use technology such as electronic databases, online communications tools, and other software for a variety of tasks.