Wednesday, February 11, 2009

West-Park Presbyterian Church Being Prepared For Demolition?

Workers have been removing pieces of this beautiful church's interior for the past couple of weeks, and at least one person at the site has confirmed that the building is being prepared for demolition. There are also rumors going around on conservator blogs that tons of red sandstone (see above picture!) are going to be up for grabs soon. This is bad.

West-Park Presbyterian Church is one of the most beautiful religious structures on the Upper West Side, and one of the only Richardsonian Revival-style churches left in Manhattan. It's been on the corner of 86th and Amsterdam Avenue for almost 120 years and it would be a tragedy to see this torn down (and most likely replaced with something horrible).

Please contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Gale Brewer, the council member for the area, and urge them to calendar West-Park Presbyterian for a public hearing. This structure hasn't even been given a chance to be landmarked, despite immense support for its designation from the community.

Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-669-7888
Fax: 212-669-7955

Hon. Gale A. Brewer
NYC Council Member
563 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-873-0282
Fax: 212-873-0279


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