PRESERVE THE POWERHOUSE! See action steps below...

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Columbia University students' 2009 report

  The former Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Powerhouse stands as a majestic symbol of the City Beautiful era, designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White and constructed in 1904 to provide electricity for New York's first subway system.

In all of its Beaux-Arts glory, it occupies a full block on the West Side of Manhattan (11th to 12th Avenues, 58th to 59th Streets), recalling such magnificent monuments as the New York Public Library (Carrere & Hastings, 1897-1911), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Richard Morris Hunt, 1894-1902) and the late great Pennsylvania Station (McKim, Mead & White, 1910 - demolished 1963-65). Click here for the official LPC signficance statement.

STEP 1: Sign the petition! It's easy, just click here to visit the official "Preserve the Powerhouse" website. Add your name to the growing list of supporters.

STEP 2: Send a letter to LPC Chair Robert B. Tierney. Click here for contact information. Click here for links to sample letters.

STEP 3: Send copies of your letter to key elected and public officials. Click here for a contact list.

The floodgates opened at the public hearing on July 14, 2009, as supporters crowded the room to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to finally designate the former IRT Powerhouse as an Individual Landmark. This was the third public hearing on the Powerhouse since 1979 . The building has hovered in "Landmarks Limbo" due to opposition from its owner, Con Edison.

Decades' worth of bottled-up testimony sent the message loud and clear: we have waited too long, but it is not too late. The Commission must act now. And it definitely isn't too late for you to state or reiterate your support. WRITE to Chair Robert B. Tierney, THANK him and the other commissioners for holding Tuesday's long overdue hearings, and URGE them to move quickly to designate the Powerhouse and end its "Landmarks Limbo" once and for all! See contact information below...

A selection of recent letters of support:

Joint letter from Friends of Terra Cotta, Historic Districts Council, Hudson River Powerhouse Group, Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, LANDMARK WEST!, Municipal Art Society, Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Riverside South Planning Corporation, Roebling Chapter Society for Industrial Architecture
Chuck Close, artist
Andrew Scott Dolkart, Director of the Columbia University Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Clifton Hood, author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed NY York
Robert A.M. Stern, architect and author of New York 1900

A selection of testimony from the July 14, 2009, public hearing at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission:
American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter
City Council Member Gale Brewer
Mosette Broderick, Director, Urban Design and Architecture Studies, NYU
NYS Senator Thomas Duane

NYS Senator Bill Perkins
Historic Districts Council
Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America
Municipal Art Society
New York Landmarks Conservancy

Click here to visit the official "Preserve the Powerhouse" website and...

  • Learn more about the Hudson River Powerhouse Group
  • Read recent press
  • See more photos of the Powerhouse
  • Watch the list of letters from supporters grow!

Click here for a May 2009 report on the Powerhouse by Columbia University students in Historic Preservation.

Public Officials to Contact

Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10007
Fax: 212-669-7955
Phone: 212-669-7888

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

City Hall, NYC 10007
Email: Go to and type your message.
Fax: 212-788-2460
Phone: 212-788-3000

Hon. Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council Member
563 Columbus Avenue, NYC 10024
Fax: 212-873-0279
Phone: 212-873-0282

Hon. Jerrold Nadler
U.S. Congressman
201 Varick Street, Suite 669 NYC 10014
Fax: 212-367-7356
Phone: 212-367-7350

Hon. Linda B. Rosenthal

New York State Assembly Member
230 West 72nd Street, Suite 2F, NYC 10023
Fax: 212-873-6520
Phone: 212-873-6368

Hon. Thomas K. Duane
New York State Senator
322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1700, NYC 10001
Fax: 212-633-8096
Phone: 212-633-8052

Hon. Scott Stringer

Manhattan Borough President
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor, NYC 10007
Fax: 212-669-4900
Phone: 212-669-8300

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