Nominate a Protected Site/Preservation District

Anyone may nominate a property for designation as a Protected Site.  As its name suggests, Protected Site status provides protections against alterations or demolitions that would affect the historic character or significance of a property. 

Protected Sites include buildings, structures, sites, landscapes or objects that have strong associations with people or events of historic significance to the city, and/or possess unique architectural or artistic qualities, and/or are representative of the work of a master designer.  The designation can apply to the exterior of a structure or building only, but may also include unique interior spaces. Examples of Protected Sites include City Hall. the Landmark Theatre, Oakwood Cemetery and the Stickley House.   

Preservation Districts are geographically definable areas, which possess significant concentrations of sites, buildings. structures or objects that are united by past events or aesthetically by plan and/or development.  Examples of Preservation Districts include Hanover Square, Sedgwick-Highland-James Preservation District and Berkeley Park.

The Landmark Preservation Board reviews all nominations.  Those nominations which meet the selection criteria are forwarded to the Planning Commission for review and to Common Council for final approval.  Anyone may nominate a property or a district for designation. 

Nominate a property for Protected Site status

Step 1.Contact Preservation Staff


Step 2.Prepare Your Materials


Step 3.Download the .pdf Application


Step 4.Submit Your Application 

Preservation staff will review your application for completeness.  Once complete, the application will be included in the next available Landmark Preservation Board agenda for review and consideration. If the board determines that it has sufficient information, it will authorize a public hearing regarding the nomination.

The Landmark Preservation Board may recommend designation if a property, structure, object, landscape, site, or district is found to possess one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Association with persons or events of historic significance to the city, region, state or nation;
  2. Illustrative of historic growth and development of the city, region, state, or nation
  3. In the case of structures or sites, embodying distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction, or representing the work of a master, or possessing unique architectural and artistic qualities, or representing a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction;
  4. In the case of districts, possessing a unique overall quality of architectural scale, texture, form and visual homogeneity even though certain structures within the district may lack individual distinction; and
  5. In the case of interiors, possessing one or more of the characteristics enumerated in paragraphs 1, 2, or 3 above; and, in addition, embodying distinctive characteristics of architectural scale, form, and visual homogeneity, which are an integral part of the character of the structure in which the space is contained.

In addition to possession of one or more of the characteristics noted above, the property must retain historic integrity, or the ability to convey its significance through its location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and/or association.



Onondaga Historical Association

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Local Research Room, Onondaga County Library Central Branch

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