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Building Renovation Public Notice

Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of New-York Historical Societys’ Securing New-York Historical's Future: Historic Building Renovation Project

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered the New-York Historical Society, a grant (CHA-268835) to secure the building envelope and replace damaged windows at the landmark 1908 Beaux-Arts style New-York Historical Society building, to ensure proper climate control and protection of the building’s integrity.

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470. NEH, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties. If any proposed action will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.

The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194. The Classical Revival building was constructed between 1903 and 1908 is a New York City designated landmark within the Central Park West, 76th Street, New York City Historic District. The building is a contributing building to the National Register of Historic Places Central Park West Historic District (Ref# 82001189). The proposed undertaking involves the restoration and replacement in-kind of deteriorated metal and wood windows on the building.

On August 9, 2021, Olivia Brazee, Historic Site Restoration Coordinator, the New York State Historic Preservation Office, provided the opinion that the proposed work on the secondary facades will have No Adverse Effect upon historic resources and conditioned consultation with the SHPO shall continue for the remaining scope of the windows. Therefore, NEH has determined that this phase of the project will have no adverse effect, but that work outside of the limited review will require further Section 106 review.

As required by Section 106, NEH is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties.  Comments may be submitted to the NEH by e-mail to FPO@neh.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is September 15, 2021.

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