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New Rochelle history matters!

Take a few minutes and write to City officials to let them know that preserving historic landmarks matter to you as a resident and voter.


Mayor Noam Bramson

515 North Avenue

New Rochelle, NY 10801

Luiz Aragon

Commissioner of Development

515 North Avenue

New Rochelle, NY 10801

Charles Strome

New Rochelle City Manager

515 North Avenue

New Rochelle, NY 10801

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If you live in City Council Districts 1, 3 or 5 you should consider also writing to your City Council Candidates.

The Message

Here is a sample message. Please feel free to use your own message:

New Rochelle needs to preserve our history. We need to designate our historic buildings as City of New Rochelle historic landmarks! Please save our treasures!

In the words of a member:

These cards are to express support for commitments and actions by the City to preserve historic landmarks that reflect the beauty and soul of this community.  Most immediately this pertains to the buildings on the campus of the College of New Rochelle, as the campus was recently put up for sale, and as a result, the future of the historic buildings is in great doubt. 

It seems very special to have in the heart of our city such a group of historic buildings, most notably the distinctive Leland Castle that is more than 150 years old.  Fortunately, critical steps have already been taken to recognize the historic significance of the Castle, as it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 as well as on the New York State Register since 1980.

However, this is not enough to protect the Castle or other campus buildings from being drastically altered or even torn down. The additional step of designation by the City of New Rochelle as a historic district or landmark is essential to ensure protection of the buildings, as the national and state designations do not prevent private owners from major exterior architectural changes or even demolition.  

The City’s designation is based on an application process, public hearings, and review by the Historical and Landmarks Review Board, followed by consideration and public hearings by the City Council and adoption of an ordinance. Since there are multiple steps, the review process must start as soon as possible and even while the property is being appraised by potential buyers. An application has been prepared by Barbara Davis, the City Historian. We request that the application introduced as soon as possible on the agenda of the Landmarks Review Board.


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