February 27, 2001

Jennifer Raab, Chairman
Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York
100 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005

Dear Chairman Raab:

It was an honor to be present Thursday, January 25th to share in the special ceremony to celebrate the official landmarking of P.S. 166.

The Coalition to Save P.S. 109 along with The Historic Districts Council and other preservation organizations felt that P.S. 109 should be designated a New York City Landmark.

The Board of Education has given us written assurance that P.S. 109 will not be demolished. Our coalition would like to take this time to thank you for your role in helping us achieve this outcome.

We know you have been a champion for other C.B.J. Snyder schools. PS 166 is an example. Now, due to your efforts and the efforts of various community groups and preservation groups and preservation organizations, P.S. 166 is a New York City Landmark.

For over one hundred years, the C.B.J. Snyder public school buildings have been and remain architectural beacons of academic inspiration for the children of this great city.

P.S. 109 is now on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Historic school buildings have been included as a category on a list of the eleven most endangered places in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wouldn't it now be appropriate that P.S. 109 be recognized as a New York City Landmark? We respectfully request that P.S. 109 be calendared for a public hearing.

P.S. 109 remains an architectural jewel amidst a sea of utilitarian structures with its glazed terra cotta ornament, copper spires and gabled roof. It would be a great joy for the residents of East Harlem to have P.S. 109 officially recognized with city landmark status.

We thank you for your kind consideration.


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