“New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Launches Free Digital Archive of Designation Photos”

From the Architects Journal:

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has launched a robust digital photo repository of designated buildings and historic districts spanning all five boroughs. The free and easy-to-access searchable archive, dubbed the LPC Designation Photo Collection, is designed to serve not only as a resource for journalists, armchair historians, and ordinary New Yorkers curious about the historic sites of their own neighborhood, but also to building owners, architects and contractors, who can upload property designation photos when considering potential work.

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The LPC designation photo collection, available at https://nyclandmarks.lunaimaging.com/, allows the user to search for images by landmark name, address, block and lot number, and landmark number. The digital photo archive is augmented by LPC’s historical building data, which includes building-by-building information on more than 37,500 buildings. This enhancement provides additional search and filter functions that will allow users to search for images by architect, style, construction date, building type, or materials. For more information on how to navigate the archives, please visit, How to Navigate the LPC Photo Archives on the main page.

The pictures in the LPC Designation Photo Collection are an interesting mix of black and white and color 35mm film, medium and large format negatives, color slides and various darkroom prints and Polaroids. Given advances in photography, LPC switched from analog photography to digital photography in 2004. Although most images were taken by photographers working for the agency, some images were donated and submitted by groups advocacy for historic preservation. The LPC Designation Photo Collection is only part of the agency’s photographic archives. It will be regularly updated with newly digitized and cataloged images. All photos can be downloaded for free from the archive. Any reproduction of stock photos must acknowledge the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as the source.

LPC will be offering a webinar on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. to provide a tutorial on digital photo archives. To register, go to https://forms.office.com/g/7x6TN1A99X.

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