Monday, May 2, 2011

1st meeting for a future Inwood, Manhattan Historic District

Last Saturday April 30th, Volunteers for Isham Park held the first in a series of meetings related to the selection of Inwood, Manhattan as one of the Historic District Council's "Six to Celebrate."

The meeting, which was held in the auditorium of the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library, drew about 20 participants who introduced themselves, described their interests, watched a slide presentation about the area, discussed pros and cons and the process involved in creating such entities, and heard a definition of "Historic District" given by an HDC staffer present.

Participants signed in and will receive e-mail updates and press releases about related future events.

One architect present has signed on to study the single family residences in the neighborhood. Others have already sent historic building information by e-mail to be added to a growing inventory of the built structures in the neighborhood.  Early last week, a local Historic Preservation Masters degree candidate volunteered to assist with the study overall and will begin contributing regular hours at the end of May.

The meeting was a positive start for the complex and painstaking process ahead. (Link to the press announcement in DNA:

A second meeting is being planned for Wednesday, May 25th early evening at the Isham Memorial in Isham Park, the site at which Volunteers for Isham Park planted bulbs last fall for It's My Park Day on October 31st 2010.  Once the meeting details are confirmed, special notice will be sent out.

May 25th will also be the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first news article in the New York Times about Julia Isham Taylor's gift of land for Isham Park.  We will hold a small celebration of Julia's gift.

The Isham Memorial with its marble benches as seen last fall on IMPD

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