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Feature Stories December 28, 2012  RSS feed

Historic Honor For Bungalows

Rockaway Homes Tapped For Registry


After surving the test of time and even Hurricane Sandy, three blocks of beach bungalows in Far Rockaway are being recommended for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation announced. 
(photo: Nicholas Biondo) After surving the test of time and even Hurricane Sandy, three blocks of beach bungalows in Far Rockaway are being recommended for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation announced. (photo: Nicholas Biondo) Bungalows in a section of Far Rockaway are among 25 locations being recommended by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District, which survived Hurricane Sandy, was constructed in the 1920s. According to the board, it is the last remaining intact community of the seasonal beach bungalow architecture that once dominated the area’s oceanfront.

The homes are located generally between Beach 24th and Beach 26th streets south of Seagirt Boulevard.

The board also asked for historic recognition for Storehouse #2 of the U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base on the waterfront of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The reinforced concrete structure was one of two supply storage complexes commissioned by the U.S. Navy under the Preparedness Act of 1916 to capitalize on the freight potential afforded by water, rail and truck new New York Harbor prior to America’s involvement in World War I.

“Our historic resources help establish New York’s distinctive quality, character, and sense of place,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Listing these unique landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is a first step toward preserving, safeguarding and renewing these irreplaceable assets.”

According to the board, including these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

Among the other locations recommended for the registry in New York State include the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the Murray Hill Historic District, the First Battery Armory and the Women’s National Republican Club, all of which are located in Manhattan.