By Forum Staff
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the appointment of Sarah Carroll as chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The executive director of the LPC since 2014, Carroll succeeds Meenakshi Srinivasan, who tendered her resignation in April.
“Having dedicated my career to protecting the heritage of the city I love, it is a dream realized and an incredible honor to be appointed by the mayor and entrusted by the [City] Council to lead the commission,” Carroll said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the commissioners and staff to preserve and celebrate sites that reflect the diversity and rich history of our city and to partnering with property owners, elected officials, preservationists, and communities to ensure these sites remain relevant for generations to come.”
The commission is tasked with preserving and protecting the city’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites.
“The next head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission should be someone who truly understands and value of preservation and I believe that we have that in Sarah Carroll,” said City Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses. “I look forward to working with Ms. Carroll and believe that she will help us to preserve the character and the special history of New York.”
Carroll, who earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at Bates College and a master of fine arts degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design, has been characterized as a “life-long preservationist” with more than 20 years of professional experience protecting historic resources in the Big Apple. The NYC native started her career at LPC, where she has served in various capacities over the past 24 years.
Prior to her tenure as executive director, Carroll was the LPC’s director of Preservation. In that role, she led the creation of the agency’s first comprehensive instructional manual on how to file permit applications; created the FasTrack permit process to expedite applications for certain work types; and developed historic district master plans and rules to allow applicants to more easily navigate LPC’s regulatory process.
In 2012, Carroll received the Sloan Public Service Award for her outstanding work at the commission.
The main office of the Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre St.