On July 14, 2009, the floodgates opened as supporters crowded the public hearing room to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) 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.  

For this reason, the Powerhouse remains unprotected to this day.

Add your name to the growing list of Powerful Allies who support the landmark designation of the IRT Powerhouse...

Step 1:  Email Hon. Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Below is a sample message to send to

I urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to act to designate the original IRT Powerhouse at 59th Street and 11th Avenue an official NYC individual Landmark.  This McKim Mead & White-designed Beaux-Arts building is a magnificent example of industrial architecture from the City Beautiful movement.  Its unique architectural significance and importance to New York City's transportation and industrial history merit landmark protection.  Development immediately to the north and south of the Powerhouse site make it especially urgent that the Commission act now to save this remarkable structure for future generations of New Yorkers.


Step 2:  Come to the special public hearing on Thursday, November 5, 2015, starting at 9:00am at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor.  Testify, or just show your support by being present.

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