2016-08-24 / Front Page

Ahles House Officially Landmarked By City Council

The Lydia Ann Bell and William Ahles House in Bayside has been officially designated a city landmark unanimously by the New York City Council.Photo Emilio Guerra’s FlickrThe Lydia Ann Bell and William Ahles House in Bayside has been officially designated a city landmark unanimously by the New York City Council.Photo Emilio Guerra’s FlickrOn August 16, the New York City Council voted to affirm the landmark designation for the Lydia Ann Bell and William Ahles House in Bayside, making it an official NYC landmark. The Ahles House had long been under consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) who voted unanimously to grant it landmark status in April. Council Member Paul Vallone’s staunch and outspoken support for this designation was critical in the Council finally affirming the designation.
“As always, I am proud to have stood with our Community Boards on every landmarking issue brought to my office, and to have succeeded in landmarking sites that have failed to receive this designation under past Council Members. I strongly supported the landmarking of the Ahles House in Bayside and thank my fellow Council Members for voting to affirm its designation. Just like the Hawthorne Court Apartments, which I was able to have the LPC grant landmark status to, I believe this location is a prime example of a historic home that has withstood the test of time and is an iconic reminder of Bayside’s character and history,” said Council Member Vallone. “After years of indecision on the Ahles house, I am glad that Bayside finally has another landmark!”
“Over the past 20 years, the Bayside Historical Society has been a steady and true advocate for landmark certification of the Ahles House in Bayside,” said Paul DiBenedetto, President of the Bayside Historical Society. “We were thrilled to hear that this 1870s Bell family estate, a critical reminder of Bayside’s rich and rapidly disappearing past, is now an official NYC landmark.”

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