NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
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 37,800 landmark properties in New York City, most of which are located in 154 historic districts and historic district extensions in all five boroughs. The total number of protected sites also includes 1,449 individual landmarks, 121 interior landmarks, and 11 scenic landmarks.
The fellow will support LPC’s work by undertaking a special project related to this study of designated religious properties. Under the supervision of the Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects, the fellow will work with many of LPC’s departments on this cross-disciplinary study. The fellow will analyze data related to designated religious property ownership and use, review LPC permits issued and approved architectural drawings, consider related planning issues such as transfers of development rights, as well as document and/or assess physical changes to these sites over time, including completed major alterations, new buildings on religious property sites, and adaptive reuse projects. LPC’s Preservation Department Religious Properties special desk will assist with access to permit review information, materials, and processes; LPC’s Senior Data & GIS Analyst will coordinate with the fellow on producing datasets and developing mapping products; and LPC’s Research Department will assist with planning analysis of the properties identified for study, and provided guidance for how to gather and synthesize relevant information for the project from LPC’s designation reports and research files.
It is anticipated that the final products produced by the fellow will include a robust dataset including the religious property facets described above, as well as an interactive web mapping application that can be used by LPC staff to better understand religious properties regulated by the agency.
The 8-week summer fellowship pays $4,500 and requires a commitment of 35 hours per week. The work will be done primarily in LPC’s New York City office, with some hybrid work possible.