Historic Preservation

The Village of Great Neck Plaza was incorporated in 1930 as one of nine communities in the Great Neck peninsula. At this early age the Village was a bustling community with both residential and commercial buildings, estates, boasting an express train to New York City and other amenities. Since that time the Village has grown into a modern suburban community yet retained many of its original historic buildings, a fact that makes the Village notable on Long Island.

Since 1976 the Village has taken several important steps to preserve our history and architecture, an effort that continues to be a priority for this administration. In 1976 the Village adopted its first landmark ordinance that gave the Village the power to designate historic landmarks and districts. In 1998 the Village amended its historic preservation ordinance to include the creation of a Historic Preservation Commission that would have the power to nominate local landmarks and districts for the Village Board of Trustees’ approval. An intensive historic survey was conducted in 1999-2000 that identified 53 sites of significance in the Village.

In 2002 the Village was designated by the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service as a Certified Local Government (CLG), joining a select group of communities on Long Island. In 2004 the White House and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation designated the Village as a “Preserve America” community, one of three such communities on Long Island.

Our goal is to work with local residents on preserving the rich historic fabric and culture that makes Great Neck Plaza unique. We can assist historic property owners in maintaining their landmarks so that future generations of residents and visitors can appreciate the legacy that is part of our Village’s history and culture. We look forward to working with you in this effort, and together we will share the proud tradition of preserving our historic architecture.