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This home on 85th Avenue was built in 1884; it was part of at least two-dozen locations included in the application to the State Historic Preservation Office.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The State Historic Preservation Board has recommended Richmond Hill to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Richmond Hill Historical Society announced on Friday.
The RHHS pointed out that the registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of the Empire State and the nation. There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities, and community organizations sponsored the nominations.
“We are delighted and proud to announce that the State Historic Preservation Review Board…voted unanimously to recommend the Richmond Hill Historic District for nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places!” the RHHS said in a statement.
According to the historical society, Richmond Hill is one of the first garden communities and planned suburbs in Queens. The recommended historic district consists primarily of large, Victorian-styled and architecturally distinguished houses built between 1890 and 1915 for railroad commuters working in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as smaller houses built between the arrival of the subway in 1917 and the Great Depression in 1930. The Richmond Hill Historic District is located in eastern Queens, encompassing a small, early portion of the current residential neighborhood of Richmond Hill. The historic district comprises a significant, and the most intact, portion of the original Richmond Hill subdivision as mapped out in 1868 by business partners Albon Platt Man and Edward Richmond. Its boundary was drawn to take in the largest concentration of intact historic houses in the neighborhood, including nearly all of the earliest surviving examples (1880s and early 1890s).The district is bounded on the north by the natural boundary of Forest Park and the historic boundary of 84th Avenue (originally known as Division Avenue since it demarcated the border with Kew Gardens); to the east, south, and west the district stops short of Lefferts Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue, the RHHS noted.
According to RHHS Board Member Joanne Tanzi, the exhaustive, 92-page National Register of Historic Places application package was compiled by a consultant hired by the Historic Districts Council through funding allocated by City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park); the RHHS contributed resources and other information.
“We are grateful for the support of our Council Member Eric Ulrich, who provided funding for the survey of Richmond Hill and for the application process to the State Historic Preservation Office, which has made this all possible. We are also thankful for the support of the Historic Districts Council, Executive Director Simeon Bankoff and his staff, who have provided guidance and support to preserve Historic Richmond Hill and countless buildings and communities in New York City,” the society said.
Once the recommendations are approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer, the properties are listed on the State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register, according to the historical society. The process will take approximately two or three months.