Oct. 14, 2020 By Christian Murray
The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. was awarded a $10,000 grant to help the organization add a new district to the national historic register.
The organization aims to get the proposed Myrtle Ave.-Fresh Pond Road Historic District listed on the register, which recognizes the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.
The grant, called the Preserve New York Grant and awarded by the Preservation League of New York State, will help the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. cover the cost to complete the National Register nomination. The grant follows a 2018 survey that was funded by Preserve New York.
Several areas within Ridgewood are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Central Ridgewood Historic District.
The Preservation League awarded grants to 19 applicants in 15 counties totaling nearly $200,000. The grants, which are funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, are likely to lead to historic district designations or expansions.
The league said that the proposed Ridgewood district is noteworthy for its early twentieth century commercial and institutional buildings, which serve as the neighborhood’s “Main Street” corridor.
The district is also noted for its social and ethnic history with the German immigrant population that settled in Ridgewood in the early twentieth century.
Since 1993, the Preserve New York grant program has provided funds to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that need technical and professional assistance to guide preservation projects. The grants have helped support preservation efforts in 62 counties across the state.
“Architecture and design are vital art forms that greatly impact the character and health of communities across the state, “ said Mara Manus, executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts. “NYSCA is proud to partner with the Preservation League of New York State.”
The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. is a non profit established in 1975 dedicated to preserving and upgrading the housing stock of Ridgewood and neighboring communities.