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  • Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board

    The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board is authorized by the City of Syracuse Zoning Ordinance (Part C Section VII) to regulate any material change in appearance to any property that is in a Local Preservation District (e.g., Sedgwick) or that has been designated a Local Protected Site (e.g., City Hall).

    The Board reviews demolition proposals for any property that may be eligible for historic designation. The Board also recommends to the City Planning Commission the designation of Local Protected Sites and Local Preservation Districts.

    The Board is composed of nine members, all of whom are appointed by the Mayor. Two members are nominated by the American Institute of Architects, one member is nominated by the Real Estate Board, one member is nominated by the Preservation Association of Central New York, one member is nominated by the Onondaga Historical Association, and one member is nominated by the Conservation Advisory Council. Three members are "at-large" appointments.

    The Board regularly meets the first and third Thursday of each month, 8:30am, City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, N.Y.

    The Board's staff is in Room 500 City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse, NY 13202; telephone (315) 448-8108. Fax number is 448-8036. Email is


    Donald Radke, Chairman
    Robert Haley, Vice-Chairman
    Tom Cantwell
    Cynthia Carrington Carter
    Julia Haftka-Marshall
    Dan Leary
    Jeff Romano
    Joe Saya

    What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA)? 

    A Certificate of Appropriateness is a certificate issued by the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board authorizing a material change of appearance to a Local Protected Site or to a property within a Local Preservation District. C of A's are subject to other applicable Building Permit requirements. (Click here to download a C of A Application and Instructions). 

    A State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) form is required with any C of A Application. The Short SEQR is to be used for the Sedgwick/Highland/James Preservation District and local sites that are not on the National Register. Please refer to the Local Protected Sites list  in order to determine National Register Status. All other districts/sites must use the Long SEQR. Click to download the form.

    Where are the Local Preservation Districts and Local Protected Sites located?

    Rehabilitation of Historic Structures

    Rehabilitation is defined as "the act or process of making . . . . repairs, alterations and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural or architectural value."

    The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board uses the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for consideration of all proposals as provided by the City of Syracuse Zoning Ordinance Part C, Section VII,  Articles 1-9 . More information is available from the National Park Service at  

    Click here for information on tax credits for rehabilitation of historic residential structures.  

    Secretary of the Interior's "Standards for Rehabilitation"
    1. A property will be used as it was historically or be given a new use that requires minimal change to its distinctive materials, features, spaces, and spatial relationships.
    2. The historic character of a property will be retained and preserved. The removal of distinctive materials or alteration of features, spaces, and spatial relationships that characterize a property will be avoided.
    3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or elements from other historic properties, will not be undertaken.
    4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right will be retained and preserved.
    5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property will be preserved.
    6. Deteriorated historic features will be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature will match the old in design, color, texture, and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features will be substantiated by documentary and physical evidence.
    7. Chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, will be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials will not be used.
    8. Archeological resources will be protected and preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures will be undertaken.
    9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction will not destroy historic materials, features, and spatial relationships that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and will be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing to protect the integrity of the property and its environment.
    10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction will be undertaken in a such a manner that, if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.


    If you'd like to visit some of Syracuse's historic architecture, you may do so by visiting Syracuse Then and Now , which is a website maintained by the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) . The site explores Syracuse's architectural past as well as the City's present day inheritance of historic structures, and features extensive photographs from both the past and present.

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