Q: How will the
decision be made about whether a house is selected for a
A: To nominate a house for a plaque, a straightforward
must be completed. This form will be used
to complete a State Historic
Resources from that is submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office,
where a preservation professional will determine whether it merits listing
on the State Register of Historic Places and then rank the house relative to
other submissions from Pelham to prioritize which homes will receive
a plaque first.
Q: If selected
will my house be listed on the State Register of Historic Places?
A: Such a listing is at the option of the
homeowner, but is not required to
receive a plaque.
Q: Does listing
on the State Register mean I can’t make any changes to
A: No, such restrictions are only imposed
if there is local landmark legislation,
such as in New York City. Pelham does not have landmark legislation that
would impose such restrictions.
Q: Does accepting
the plaque mean that I can’t make changes to my house?
A: Accepting the plaque does not impose any
legal constraints on a
homeowner making changes to the house. However,
if changes are made that
destroy important architectural elements or details, the house could lose
designation and the plaque may be removed.
Q: What kinds of
changes might result in removal of the plaque?
A: Removing important architectural details,
such as installing vinyl siding,
replacing original windows or removing an original slate or tile roof, may result
in the house no longer being considered an outstanding example of an
architectural style and would likely lead to removal of the plaque.
Q: If my house is chosen, where will the plaque
A: The goal is to have the plaque located as close to the sidewalk as possible
in a location where it can be seen and read by pedestrians without creating
a tripping hazard. If your house is selected,
Pelham Preservation will identify
the right spot.
Q: How will the
plaque be paid for?
A: Pelham Preservation received a grant
from Ginsburg Development
to pay for the first round of plaques and uses funds from its annual budget on a
going forward basis.
Q: Do I have to
agree to pay for the plaque to qualify?
A: Homeowners who are selected will not be
asked to pay for the plaque
or installation. However, tax-deductible contributions
to our organization
are always appreciated and can be earmarked for the plaque program to
make future plaques possible.
Q: Who will own
and be responsible for the plaque?
A: The plaque will be the property of Pelham Preservation and will be
installed pursuant to an agreement with the homeowner. We ask that the
homeowner keep the plaque clean and trimmed of vegetation.
Q: What other recognition
goes with the plaque?
A: If a plaque is installed, the house may
be listed on a walking tour map
and on the Pelham Preservation website.
Q: Will my name
or other personal information be noted on the plaque or
A: At the homeowner’s election, current
owner names and other personal
information can be kept confidential. If a
home is selected for a plaque
because it was once the residence of a prominent or famous person, the
plaque may identify the house by that former resident’s name
(e.g., “The John Smith House,” built in 19xx).
Q: What other kind
of information is included on the plaque?
A: The year of construction, the name of the
architect (if known and
significant), the style of the house and a description of important architectural
details are the kinds of information that would likely be included on the plaque.
Q: What will the plaque look like
and what will it say?
A: The plaque will be approximately 9"x12" and made of brass with etched lettering with the historic name of the house (usually this will be the first owner),
the date built and a description of the architectural style and characteristics
and any important historical information. At the bottom will
read "Installed by Pelham Preservation" and the year of installation.
Q: What if my house is not selected, can I apply again?
A: Many homes may qualify but not be selected due to funding constraints.
home is not selected, you need not re-apply, as the application will
on file for future consideration. Only if substantial changes are
the house, may a new application be necessary.