Pelham Preservation & Garden Society
Historic Plaque Program
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Please join your neighbors and fellow
Pelhamites in acknowledging your home’s special place in Pelham’s history by nominating it for an historic plaque.
The Pelham Preservation and Garden Society (Pelham Preservation) sponsors the Pelham Historic Plaque
Program, which places plaques on noteworthy residences throughout neighborhoods in each village. Anyone
who feels his or her home is a good example of the era in which it was built is encouraged to take part. Certain
criteria, listed below, must be met. An impartial professional from the New York Historic Preservation Office
in Albany chooses the houses each year. At least 10 homes will receive plaques this year, depending
on funding availability. Pelham Preservation provides homeowners with a brass plaque listing historical
information about the residence. The Pelham Historic Plaque Program is a wonderful way to highlight an important
aspect of what makes Pelham so special. The town’s residential architecture spans several eras and
our neighborhoods offer a unique look at historic homes being adapted to today’s families and lifestyles.
Many of our homes have been carefully cared for and lovingly restored - both in the interior and on the exterior.
Applications are available by
printing the page below or picking up a hard copy at the Town Library. The form is simple and straightforward.
The criteria are as follows:
- Houses must be at least 50 years old (1954 or earlier)
must be within town limits
- Houses must be preserved or restored
in an historically-sensitive manner
- Materials authentic to the period
of construction should be used whenever possible. Any changes should be complementary to the original structure.
Neighbors may nominate
neighbors, as long as there is owner approval. The chosen homes will be announced later this anniversary
year. Pelham Preservation encourages many applications from a wide range of housing types.
Examples of local home styles that may qualify range from Gothic Revival of the mid-1800’s to Shingle Style from
the turn of the 20th century up to examples of the International Style seen later in the 20th century.
The “Pelham by Design” section of the Town Library includes many books on architectural styles that can
help with the application process. Please join us! Send completed applications to: Pelham Preservation and Garden
Society, P.O. Box 8129, Pelham, New York, 10803 or contact Dimitria Holland at 738-7088 or Karyn Pellow at 738-5553
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received.
Click here for frequently asked questions and answers about the Plaque Program.
Click here for a plaque application