The Landmarks Preservation Commission may expand Park Slope’s already generous historic district later this month. Some of the buildings in the proposed area date from before the Civil War.
On Tuesday, April 12, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will take a vote on the proposed expansion, which includes nearly 300 buildings, DNAinfo reported.
If it passes, this would be the second expansion to the district since it was established in 1973.
“The reason people want to live in Park Slope is because of the historic character of the neighborhood,” Peter Bray, chair of the Park Slope Civic Council’s historic district committee told DNAinfo. “Without historic designation, that character could easily disappear.”
If approved, the proposed extension would span 6th Avenue between Sterling Place and St. Marks Avenue, plus additional blocks in the neighborhood’s northern reaches.
Some standout buildings within these boundaries are the Berkeley Carroll School and St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church. The oldest buildings in the area are likely a wood frame house at 22 Berkeley Place and a highly unusual Gothic Revival style row house at 7 St. Marks Avenue, both dating from around the mid-19th century, according to the LPC (PDF).
The proposed district is called the Park Slope Historic District Extension II.