NYC Landmark Designation for Amsterdam Houses sign now

We, the undersigned, support the preservation of Amsterdam Houses, a well-designed, community-oriented public housing project that has been called home by thousands, including many World War II veterans, and was an incubator for civil rights activism in post-war New York. Constructed between 1947-48, this complex marks the end of an era when government viewed the creation of model housing for low-income citizens as a social responsibility. In recognition for its significance, Amsterdam Houses has been declared eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Located between West 61st and 64th Streets and Amsterdam and West End Avenues, the buildings and tree-covered grounds of Amsterdam Houses are a resource worthy of a secure and celebrated place on the Upper West Side. This 13-building complex was one of the New York City Housing Authoritys first experiments in integration which responded to a 1939 law prohibiting discrimination based on race and religion in public housing. Furthermore, in contrast to later towers-in-the-park developments, Amsterdam Houses was one of the last such projects to define open space along Classically inspired lines and to exhibit brickwork that was carefully detailed to create simple ornament, according to historian and architect Robert A.M. Stern. The Amsterdam Houses design team included some of the most prestigious professionals working in New York City at the time: architects Grosvenor Atterbury, Harvey Wiley Corbett and Arthur C. Holden worked together with landscape architects Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano.

More about Amsterdam Houses design and oral history interviews with past and present residents is available at:

We ask the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to schedule a public hearing to recognize Amsterdam Houses as a valuable resource on Manhattans Upper West Side and designate this significant complex a city landmark.

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  • 26 October 2015100. Cornisa Lc
    These house are where I raised my son for 2 years my parentsraised me for 21 years and my parents were raised
  • 24 October 201599. Dara M
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 201598. Brenda T
    I support this petition
  • 07 September 201597. Elizabeth S
    Just as designing and building this complex of apartment houses for returning veterans and working class residents of the UWS was the right thing to do in 1947, designating Amsterdam Houses as a NYC Landmark is the right thing for LPC to do in 2007. Thank
  • 26 August 201596. Glenn F
    I support this petition
  • 25 August 201595. Candice H
    I support this petition
  • 17 July 201594. Kerrie B
    I support this petition
  • 20 June 201593. Robert R
  • 14 May 201592. Brandon S
    I support this petition
  • 14 April 201591. Khaleelah B
    Amsterdam Houses is my home.
  • 10 February 201590. Jackie B
    Amsterdam Houses is deserving of Landmark Status from every category of qualification.
  • 10 October 201489. John F
    I live in Amsterdam Houses since I was 6 months old I would love for Amsterdam to become a Landmark my mother raised me and my 2 brother's in Amsterdam and I took over the lease in 93. I heard that they are trying to sell Amsterdam Houses..I wouldn't know
  • 23 August 201488. Jenny M
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 12 July 201486. Cheryl L
    I support this petition
  • 24 May 201485. Linda U
    I support this petition
  • 28 April 201484. Charles Smithj
    I support this petition
  • 16 April 201483. Elizabeth Fa
    I support this petition
  • 06 April 201482. Pamela Washingtonc
    Amsterdam Houses should clearly be deemed a Landmark.
  • 30 March 201481. Julie F
    Former resident
  • 30 March 201480. Chake N
    I support this petition
  • 26 February 201479. Monique T
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 201478. Alicia V
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 201477. Gertrude P
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 201376. Nicole D
    I support this petition
  • 26 August 201375. Michael G
    It is remarkable that Amsterdam Houses was not landmarked many years ago.
  • 15 July 201374. Michael U
    One of the first to move into 247 W 61st. Dr

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