The application to designate a section of Ridgewood as a historic district has been approved.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission decided on Tuesday to designate a 990-building area in Ridgewood a historic district.
The area includes parts of major streets in Ridgewood, including 71st Avenue, Catalpa Avenue, Putnam Avenue and Madison Street.
According to a press release about the announcement, the area mostly consists of brick row houses and “represents one of the most harmonious and architecturally-distinguished enclaves of working-class dwellings built in New York City during the early twentieth century.”
Most of the houses in the newly designated district were built between 1906 and WWI, mostly by immigrants who migrated to New York from Germany. The approval by the LPC gives Ridgewood its fourth historic district approved by the agency. The other three are the Ridgewood north and south districts and one block on Stockholm Street.
“Preserving historically significant neighborhoods is important for today’s New Yorkers, and for future generations, to understand their cultural heritage,” Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said. “The Central Ridgewood Historic District is unique for its harmonious 19th century brick homes – some with bow fronts, some with porches, others with steep stoops along tree lined streets.”
The approval comes four years after the district was first proposed and after local groups such as the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association have pushed for the designation in order to preserve his buildings that have been there for decades.
“The buildings in this district were a significant upgrade from earlier tenements, and served as a model for affordable housing at a time when New York City’s population was growing rapidly,” said Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Most remarkably, most of these lively buildings remain unchanged since their completion over 100 years ago.”