“To protect, enhance, and perpetuate the heritage of the Village of New Paltz”

This is the mission of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) of the Village of New Paltz. The Commission was formed in 2001, based on principles established by New York’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and supported by a number of local initiatives.

The Commission meets ten times per year, once per month except in August and December. For meeting days and times, please check the Village Calendar.

The five-member volunteer Commission oversees exterior changes only, and only for properties that either have land marked status or fall within the Huguenot Street Historic District (established in 1964).

Two main kinds of business typically come before us: applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) and proposals to designate local landmarks. Certificates of Appropriateness  are the means by which owners of  land marked properties or properties within the Huguenot Street Historic District submit proposals for changes to the exteriors of their properties, including major landscape changes. Landmark designation proposals come from interested parties, sometimes the Commission itself, based on one or more specific criteria related to historic, aesthetic, or cultural characteristics; architectural style; unique location or characteristics; or archaeological resources. Once a property is land marked, it is subject to the Commission’s oversight for most exterior changes.


Current HPC members

  • Thomas G. Olsen, Chair
  • Agnes Devereux, Deputy Chair
  • Patricia Kobelt
  • Kamilla Nagy
  • Susan Wynn
  • Valerie McAllister, Secretary  hpc@villageofnewpaltz.org
  • Dennis Young, Village Board Liaison

Contact the HPC  hpc@villageofnewpaltz.org

Phone (845) 255-3055


Forms and Documents


Agendas & Minutes


Partners in Preservation

  • Elise Bacon, 12 North Chestnut Street
  • Mike Beck, P & G’s, 91 Main Street
  • Isabella Chisena, Isabella’s Treasures, 7 North Front Street & Isabella’s On Main, 81 Main Street
  • Robert Downs, The Cafeteria, 58 Main Street
  • Floyd Kniffen, 27 South Chestnut Street
  • Vanderlyn R. Pine, 16 Plattekill Avenue
  • Mike Rizza, New Paltz Auto Center, 91 North Chestnut Street
  • Toby Rossman, Horsefeathers, 15 North Chestnut Street
  • Harris Safier, Westwood Metes and Bounds, 134 Main Street
  • Mark Skillman, Fleet Service Center, 185 Main Street
  • Lagusta Yearwood, Lagusta’s Luscious, 25 North Front Street
  • The State University of New York at New Paltz (for renovation of Old Main Building and enhancements to its historic quad)

Designated Local Landmarks

  • 45 North Oakwood Terrace (designated 2002)
  • 93 Main Street (designated 2002)
  • 15-15 1/2 North Front Street (designated 2003)
  • 17-19 Church Street (designated 2003)
  • 16 North Chestnut Street (designated 2004)
  • 43 North Manheim Boulevard (designated 2004)
  • 14 Southside Avenue (designated 2005)
  • 122 Main Street (designated 2005)
  • 10-12 Plattekill Avenue (designated 2006)
  • 5 Main Street (designated 2006)
  • 30 Center Street (designated 2006)
  • Peace Park, 25 Plattekill Avenue (designated 2014)

Notes and Other Information

Coming soon.


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