Is your house landmarked? Hold off before you paint that door or replace the windows!

You may need to check with the Landmarks Preservation Commission before making changes to your property. But don’t worry — routine repairs do not need approval, as long as they do not alter the appearance of the building.

The Commission has published a 31-page guide to helping homeowners repair, restore and renovate their buildings and navigate the LPC. Below, some excerpts and a link to the full guide:

Title: NYC Landmarks, Restoring Architectural Features – Application Guidelines

(Includes work required under Local Law 11/8)

Restoration and Repair of Masonry and Other Wall Surfaces

  • Brownstone and Limestone Repair and Restoration
  • Terra Cotta, Granite, Cast Stone and Other Masonry
  • Cast Iron
  • Wood: Clapboard and Shingle Wall Surfaces

Painting Roof Repair and Rehabilitation

Door Replacement and Restoration Stoop, Fence, Handrail and Related Details Restoration and Replacement

Substitute Materials


The Landmarks Preservation Commission this morning voted to landmark the proposed Crown Heights North III Historic District. The vote was unanimous.

It was a very short meeting, about 15 minutes. The vote took place after a quick presentation about the proposed district, which had been “calendared” way back in June 2011.

Some noteworthy features of the district, which includes 640 buildings between Brooklyn and Albany avenues, are the quaint one- or two-block stretches of Hampton, Revere and Virginia places. These blocks feature Colonial and Renaissance Revival homes, as well as a collection of two-family “Kinko” houses (shown above) built between 1907 and 1912. Designed by Mann & McNeille, every house includes two duplexes, each of which has its own front door, house number, stairway, porch and cellar. 

The Crown Heights North Association and members of Community Board 8 were jubilant about the vote, which they’ll discuss at an upcoming town hall meeting. “I think it’s wonderful,” said CB 8 member Adelaide Miller, who’s lived on Virginia Place for 67 years. “I go into areas where they tore down beautiful churches and buildings, and I’m happy that won’t happen here.”