Historic Preservation Commission

Lisa Levin, Chairperson
Rosemary Mocio
Dorice Madronero
Bill Ellsworth
Matthew Moetzinger
Craig Long-Village Historian
Warren Berbit-Village Attorney

The Commission held its first public hearing and with the much appreciated expert guidance of Warren Berbit, we sent our recommendation to designate part of the property of 253-257 Spook Rock Road, the Fant Farm, as a local historic landmark to the Village Board.

Our thanks to Craig Long for the detailed historical background and to the Olsens, mother and son, for a wonderful history lesson.

Applications for designation of local landmarks are available at Village Hall

Historic Preservation Minutes


April 27, 2016

February 24, 2016

January 27, 2016


December 9, 2015

September 16, 2015

May 27, 2015

April 22, 2015

January 28, 2015


September 3, 2014

July 23, 2014

June 25, 2014

May 28, 2014

February 26, 2014

January 22, 2014


November 26, 2013

August 28, 2013

June 26, 2013

April 24, 2013

February 27, 2013

January 2, 2013


November 28, 2012

October 3, 2012

August 22, 2012

May 9, 2012

March 28, 2012


December 28, 2011

November 30, 2011

September 28, 2011

June 22, 2011

May 25, 2011

April 13, 2011

February 23, 2011


November 17, 2010

October 27, 2010

September 22, 2010

August 19, 2010

July 29, 2010

June 23, 2010

May 26, 2010

April 28, 2010

March 26, 2010

March 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

January 27, 2010


December 30, 2009

October 28, 2009

September 23, 2009

April 22, 2009

February 25, 2009

November 19, 2008

October 22, 2008

September 24, 2008

August 27, 2008

June 12, 2008

May 28, 2008

April 7, 2008

March 19, 2008

February 20, 2008

January 30, 2008


By Trustee Marc D. Citrin

        In 1978, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Penn Central Transportation Co. v. The City of New York ruled that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law, which was enacted to protect historic landmarks and neighborhoods from development that destroys or fundamentally alters their character, was not a “taking” of private property under the Fifth Amendment that required the municipality to provide compensation to the owner of the property.

         Since that time, municipalities throughout the country have enacted laws to preserve the historic nature of buildings and neighborhoods within their communities. In Montebello, the Board of Trustees adopted a similar law in 2004 with the creation of the Historic Preservation Commission. Although the Village is only twenty years old, it contains many properties with historical and aesthetic interest or value in American history, architecture and culture.

         The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) consists of three members who are charged with the duty to review requests for designation of a local landmark or historic district. The request for designation may be made by any person through submission of a written application setting forth the basis for the designation. The HPC may also act on its own to recommend designation of a local landmark or historic district.

        The criteria for designation of a landmark include an association with events in local history or the lives of significant historical figures; distinctive architecture or a unique location or physical characteristics. A historic district should contain multiple properties that meet one or more of the criteria and by reason of those characteristics, constitute a distinct section of the Village.

         Upon recommendation of landmark or historic district status by the HPC, the Village Board holds a public hearing before making a final determination on the historic preservation application.

          Since the creation of the HPC in 2004, the Village has designated the mansion at Montebello Park as its first local landmark. In addition the HPC has recently recommended the Fant Property (Red Barn) on Spook Rock Road for designation. The Village Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on that application on March 15.

          Historic preservation, by designation of landmark status, insures that significant and unique properties within our Village will retain their characteristics for the benefit of all residents.