The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080
    Email:
    [email protected]

    Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission

    In 1966, two significant preservation events occurred: the 89th Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the City of Kingston established the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission (HLPC) to preserve, protect, and promote the community’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant neighborhoods, buildings, and sites.

    In 1980, an amendment to the NHPA established the Certified Local Government (CLG) program - a nationwide initiative that directly links a community's preservation goals to state and federal preservation programs. In 1986, Kingston became a Certified Local Government.

    The primary duties of HLPC include conferring landmark status on significant properties and districts in the city and reviewing alteration to landmarks after designation. The HLPC is a program administered by the Kingston Planning Office. For more a detailed description of the powers, duties, and procedures of the HLPC, please see Section 405.26 of the City’s Charter and Code, Subsection L. Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission.

     

    Kingston’s Historic Districts & Individual Historic Sites:

     

    Kingston presently contains four historic districts and numerous individual landmarks – resources that demonstrate the community’s long and complex history. Preserving Kingston’s built & cultural heritage is a collective effort shared by generations of resident-activists. Our mutual admiration for this community’s rich and diverse history makes Kingston a special place to live, work, and visit.

     

    Historic Districts

    Name & Map

    Date Established

    District Type

    Kingston Stockade Historic District

    1975

    Local & National

    Rondout-West Strand Historic District

    1979

    Local & National

    Chestnut Street Historic District

    1985

    Local & National

    Fair Street Historic District

    1988

    Local Only

     Wilbur Historic District
    2024 (pending)  Local Only 

     See list of Kingston's Historic Properities to learn more.

    Applying for work to Historic Properties

    In Kingston, projects involving the exterior of historic properties (individually listed and within historic districts) visible from the public right-of-way, are subject to review by the HLPC prior to the issuance of a Building Permit and the commencement of work.

     

    Work that requires HLPC review:

    Work that can be reviewed at desk level:

    • Any changes in form, material, or color (unless drawn from an historic color palette) to the existing fabric or bulk of the building.
    • New construction on a landmark-designated property or in a historic district
    • Window replacements and storm window installation
    • New exterior siding installation
    • Installation of electrical & mechanical equipment that will be visible from a public right-of-way, that does not comply with the city code.
    • Site work such as new sidewalks, fencing, and other immovable elements Signage and new lighting, if it does not conform with the city code.
    • Regular maintenance
    • Repairs to, or in-kind reconstruction of, an element with the same material & color. The applicant must first demonstrate that restoration is not possible.
    • Interior modifications that will not impact the exterior reading of the building.
    • Exterior changes that are not visible from a public right-of-way
    • Signage, lighting, and paint that complies with the city code.
    • Remediation of dangerous conditions if ordered by a qualified public official such as the Building Inspector

    Review Process

    (see application review flow chart for more)

    1. Beginning: Identify the type and scope of work you plan to undertake to the exterior of your property.
    2. Research: Connect with the Historic Preservation Administrator to learn the level of review required for your project/s – staff will guide you through the review process.
    3. Submit Application: Submit all necessary forms, supplemental materials, & pay fees to the Planning Department by the submission deadline. Incomplete applications will not be added to the agenda.
    4. HLPC Meeting: Presenting your project at the HLPC meeting & answering commissioner and staff questions.
    5. Post Meeting: If a project is approved, a Preservation Notice of Action (PNofA) will be sent via email to the applicant, owner, and the Building & Safety Division. After the applicant/owner recives their PNofA they must submit any Building Permits necessary prior to the commencement of work. After BSD approves the permit applicantion, work may proceed. If the type or scope of work changes, the applicant or owner are expected to reconnect with the Historic Preservation Administrator & the Planning Department for further review.

    General Advice for Applicant

    • Initiate communication with the staff of the HLPC before finalizing any plans.
    • Do not purchase materials before work is approved by the HLPC.
    • Study repair options before considering replacement.
    • If your architect or contractor says something can’t be repaired, get a second opinion.
    • Most vendors want to make a sale regardless of whether it is in the buyer’s best interest.
    • New is not always better.
    • “Anything is an improvement” is not a universal truth.

    Appropriateness: How does the HLPC Review Applications?

    The Commission’s decision making is based on the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, & Reconstruction), the National Park Service’s Technical Preservation Briefs, New York’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and contemporary preservation practices & principles. The HLPC is authorized under Section 405.26 of the City’s Administration and Enforcement, Subsection L. Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission.

     

    Name

    Term Expires

    Mark Grunblatt, Chairperson

    Jan. 10th, 2027

    Andrea B. Puetz, RA.

    Jan. 10th, 2027

    Kevin McEvoy

    Jan. 10th, 2027

    Robert Tonner

    Jan.10th, 2027

    Nettie Morano

    Sept. 6th, 2024

    Vacant

    N/A

    Vacant

    N/A             

     Commissioner Application Form

     Staff

    Suzanne Cahill, Planning Director

    Ethan Dickerman, Historic Preservation Administrator

    Application Materials:

    Forms & Applications: Review Fee is $50.00 (as of 2024)

    Listing files in 'Forms and Applications'

    Meeting Schedule 2024

    Agendas & Minutes

    Listing files in 'Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission'


    Current Projects Under Review & Communications Recieved 

    Listing files in 'HLPC Projects Under Review'

     

    Property Owner Resources

    Historic Preservation

    Historical & Geneaological

    FINANCIAL INCENTIVES:

    REHABILITATION RESOURCES:


    • City of Kingston Engineering Office (access to historic maps)
    • Genealogical Websites & Societies

    Historic & Cultural Resource Surveys of the City of Kingston (1969-present)

    1. 1969_architecture_of_stockade (Paul Malo)
    2. 1969_survey_of_historic_buildings (Junior.League)
    3. 1976_broadway_west_improvement_program (Raymond.Parish.Pine.Inc.)
    4. 1988_RLC_of_kingston (Jane.C.Keller & Kathleen.B.Maxwell)
    5. 1990_ISS_stockade_expansion_&_albany_ave (Tony.Opalka & Peter.D.Shaver)
    6. 2001_ILS_midtown_east (Kathleen.B.Maxwell)
    7. 2003_ILS_midtown_west (Taylor&Taylor)
    8. 2013_kingston_bluestone_survey (John.H.Braunlein)
    9. 2014_ILS_midtown_kingston (John.H.Braunlein)
    10. 2023_ILS_buildings_wilbur_&_pockhockie (AHRS) (Certified Local Government Project 2021)