The Old St. James Parish Hall, located on Broadway in Elmhurst, has much historical significance. Parts of the building date back to 1735! You can read up on it here: http://tinyurl.com/stjameselmhurst. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent an extensive renovation by the Landmarks Conservancy in 2004 via a state grant. The Landmarks Preservation Commission's Mary Beth Betts (inset photo) responded to a request for landmarking in a letter dated September 22nd: "The current appearance of the exterior of the building is a recreation of the 1883 remodeling, and only the heavy timber frame, rectangular massing and interior paneling and woodwork remain from the colonial era. Due to these alterations, the property will not be recommended to the full commission for further consideration as a NYC landmark." Ms. Betts apparently has not read the landmarks law, which as far as age, states that a building has to be a minimum of 30 years old. An 1883 remodeling should therefore not preclude the building from consideration. She also doesn't understand the difference between a recreation and a restoration. In addition, the LPC has designated several recreations in the past. Two examples would be Fraunces Tavern and the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace, both in Manhattan, and both having been completely demolished and rebuilt in altered styles. If this Elmhurst church isn't worthy of landmarking, then what is? State Senator Avella continues to work on preserving the site.
Originally published in the December 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine
THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: 1883 not long enough ago for Landmarks Commission
by Christina Wilkinson
St. James Parish Hall 1928 (left), 2000 (top right) & restored version in 2004 & Mary Beth Betts
December 2015 Table of Contents
- AMAZING STORIES: Saw Her Wraith In a Dream
- Heavenly View
- DID YOU KNOW?
- Memories of Christmas Past
- Middle Village: the Movie
- Monumental Men of WWI
- NYC Bicycle Lanes: No Yellow Brick Roads
- OP-ED: Conservative Views Deserve Equal Time
- History of the 7 Line
- Great Homes
- KAMPERMANN'S KORNER: Future Transportation Possibilities for Queens
- Q&A with Familiar Faces: Brian Barnwell
- Dedication, Beauty, Empowerment: Starting on the Road to Achieving Everything You Want ‒ Part 1
- Killy's Korner
- Neighborhood Hall of Shame – COMMUNITY Eyesores
- Remembering Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan
- Illegal Massage Parlors Multiply in Our Communities
- Rest in peace, Tom Ognibene
- WHATS WRONG WITH MY HONEYDEW?
- BERRY BITS: Cooper & 80 turn signal, finally!
- BERRY BITS: 311 complaints plummet due to faulty app
- BERRY BITS: Drone Safety 101
- BERRY BITS: Sold it? Don't advertise it.
- BERRY BITS: Tree planted at JVP in memory of Anastasia
- Scrap the Bottle Bill for safety's sake
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: 1883 not long enough ago for Landmarks Commission
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Stop painting curbs, sidewalks & streets
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Careless construction crew causes chaos
- Calling "Cut!" on filming abuses
- BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley hawks continue to thrive
- BERRY BITS: Another off leash reminder
- BERRY BITS: Don't patronize fly-by-night merchants
- BERRY BITS: Flagged for removal
- BERRY BITS: Seeking to minimize LIE noise
- BERRY BITS: Glendale yeshiva finally hit with DOB violation
- Yesterday & Today
- AirBnB could destroy our middle class neighborhoods
- BERRY BITS: Tiles Unlimited accepting Toys for Tots donations
- New Judge Rules with City and $ on Shelter
- THE WIZARD OF ODD
- Our own worst enemy
- Milton Steinberg: Master Builder of Middle Village
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep all wheels off the sidewalk
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Plenty of money for bike lanes; none for car lanes
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DSNY inspectors may need glasses.
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep that vehicle tucked in
- 104th Precinct Report
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