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The Times
  • Newport properties recommended to historic registers

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  • Two properties in Newport are among the 20 properties, resources and districts the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
    The James Keith House and Brown-Morey-Davis Farm in Newport are described as “notable as distinctive limestone residences, built ca. 1815, which reflect how local craftsmen took advantage of the Kuyahoora Valley's abundant limestone to build fashionable residences as the region's farmers prospered after the American Revolution,” according to a news release.
    “Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York's communities,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will offer well-deserved recognition along with tools to help them last into the future.”
    Listing the properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, according to the news release.
    The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York state and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
    Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
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