TO OUR ADSNY RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS:
Below you will find:
a) Notes and links from our review of January 13th, 2016.
b) List of architects known to have designed Art Deco buildings in New York City
Strategies for locating Art Deco buildings:
- Travel street by street
- Monographs on specific architects
- Search architects on ProQuest and fultonhistory.com
Note: Don’t rely on secondary sources unless nothing else is available.
Thanks, and good luck!
NOTES AND LINKS
DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL:
LPC site – designation reports – searchable PDF’s that give information on specific buildings and historic districts
Neighborhood Preservation Center – designation reports (complete list, and searchable)(similar to LPC except includes rejected historic districts as well. )
New York Public Library “researching your home’s history”
NYCityMap – You need to know the block and lot number rather than the building address, which you can find in this resource. Type the address and borough in the search bar to find all city information on the building. Don’t believe the “year built” number – it is an estimate from the Finance Department, and is often incorrect.
NYC Buildings Department – Building Information System (BIS) – The Buildings department is responsible for all alterations and construction of buildings in NYC. Note that the Certificate of Occupancy is a PDF that shows the original purpose of buildings. Sometimes shows the original architect at the bottom of the page.
Select “Actions” to see the list of all permits and applications filed for buildings. Main one to look for is “NB” — “new building,” not to be conrfused with “BN” — “building notice.” The year given in the NB does not mean the building was built, it just means it was filed at that time.
Office for Metropolitan History (Chris Gray) new building application search – Simple way of getting the information on the original building department application for buildings in Manhattan. Doesn’t confirm if the building was built. Enter the NB found in the BIS to see it; only available from 1900 to 1986, but that covers all Art Deco buildings.
ProQuest: Accessible at the main branches of the New York Public Library. Optical scans of New York Times, New York Tribune, and many other periodicals.
NYC Department of Finance – Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) – to determine property ownership
Fulton History – Digitized millions of news paper pages up through the 1950s
Real Estate Record and Guide – Covers real estate transactions in detail, available on-line only through 1922
BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND REFERENCE
PHOTOS ON-LINE: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
OTHER PHOTO RESOURCES
Gottscho Schleisner Archive of Architectural Photos
New York Public Library on-line resources (some available only at the library)
New-York Historical Society catalog (via BOBCAT)
Avery Library (Avery Periodical Index for Columbia University only, but: NY Public Library has it – on-site only)
Real Estate Brochure Collection
LOOKING FOR MAPS
1. David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection
2. Library of Congress Map Collection
3. Museum of the City of New York Collection Portal
4. New York Historical Society
5. New York Public Library Map Division
SCOURING THE NEWSPAPERS
1. Chronicling America
• Digitized newspapers, 1836-1922
2. New York Public Library’s Newspapers
• Information on how to find historic newspapers
3. New York Times Archives
• Requires a current New York Times subscription, but available at the New York Public Library
ONLINE BOOK & TEXT REPOSITORIES
1. Google Books
2. The Making of America Collection
3. Internet Archive
• Access at a NYPL branch
www.jstor.org/ – on-line library of scholarly journals
• Access at a NYPL branch
1. Genealogical Research at the New York Public Library nypl.org/about/divisions/milstein/genealogy • City directories, census records
2. CensusRecords.net censusrecords.net/ • US Census databases from 1790 to 1930
3. National Archives archives.gov/research/census/