By Bill Parry
Several elected officials have issued a letter to the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging a Request for Evaluation for the Horse Brook House in Elmhurst. They want the historic farmhouse, located at 90-11 56th Ave., to be reconsidered for landmark status before its new owner can demolish it and build small residences.
Shortly after its purchase by L&Z Realty, the Newtown Civic Association submitted an application to LPC seeking landmark status, but it was denied on the grounds of property alteration as well as a fire that occurred in September.
“The decision to not consider the Horse Brook House for landmark status is very disappointing,” U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said. “There are few historic properties that still exist in the Elmhurst area which is why preserving and protecting this piece of history is so important.”
The farmhouse was originally owned by John Brinckerhoff and early Dutch settler of America in 1700. It is named for its proximity to the now non-existent Horse Brook Stream.
“We have an obligation to protect our historic institutions so that future generations can appreciate and learn from them,” City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. “I urge the LPC to reverse their decision and work to save this unique cultural treasure.”
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