West Park Presbyterian Church Application for Demolition Withdrawn

 

 

 

West Park Presbyterian Church (WPPC), 165 West 86th Street, NYC. Image courtesy NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission held hearings on an application to demolish the individual landmarked West-Park Presbyterian Church, located at 541 Amsterdam Avenue in NYC, on the grounds of financial hardship. Speakers lined up on Zoom, on all sides of the issue, with the June 14, 2022 meeting lasting more than four-hours. Below is a little background and a thumbnail sketch of that meeting.

After the June 14th meeting, 8 Commissioners from NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission visited the site. In the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting on July 19, 2022, which lasted 2 1/2 hours, it was determined that after careful (and ongoing expert) review, findings will be presented after Labor Day, and more discussion will take place at that time. View the entire July 19th meeting on YouTube Here.

Update January, 2024: New York Landmarks Conservancy reports _ “We are delighted that West Park Presbyterian Church has a new lease on life. The applicants who were requesting to demolish this Romanesque Revival beauty withdrew their proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) late this afternoon.” The entire statement at bottom of page. Read more in ‘The Spirit’.

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