Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 14 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. An Otsego County site and a Delaware County site are among the nominees.
"These storied sites represent exceptional and fascinating pieces of New York's rich and diverse history," Cuomo said in a media release. "Adding these properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places would ensure they have the funding they need so we can protect, preserve and promote them in all of their full glory for present and future generations of New Yorkers."
The Rutherford House in Edmeston, a large wood-frame residence, was built around 1868 for Dr. William M. Spencer, a medical doctor and town supervisor, and later had commercial success as a local hotel for the community, especially those utilizing the railroads through the area from 1889-1910, the release said. It is an intact example of the Italianate style.
The First Presbyterian Church of Deposit, built in 1880, was designed by architect Lawrence B. Valk (1838-1924) of New York City, a designer of Protestant churches who specialized in the auditorium plan church, the release said. Auditorium-style churches featured open plans, curving pews, radiating aisles and sloping floors to minimize the distance between the congregation and the preacher.
Listing on the State and National Registers can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, the release said. The state and federal program has spurred billions of dollars in completed investments of historic commercial properties and tens of millions in owner-occupied historic homes since 2013, the release said.
The historic registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archaeology and culture of New York state and the nation. There are more than 120,000 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 will be listed on the state register and then nominated to the national register, where they will be reviewed and, once approved, entered on the national register.