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New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Olmsted-Beil House Listed on New York State Register of Historic Places

On September 23, 2020, Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation, of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, officially approved the application for the Olmsted-Beil House to be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places. The application had been initiated and prepared by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and was further edited by the New York State Office of Historic Preservation. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which owns the house, supported the application, as did the Friends of Olmsted-Beil House and the National Association of Olmsted Parks.

We are hopeful that this designation will generate more support for the full restoration of the house and lead to its approval for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

https://www.silive.com/news/2020/09/olmsted-beil-house-added-to-ny-register-of-historic-places.html  

2020 Capacity Fund Grant

FOBH Receives Capacity Fund Grant from Partnerships for Parks

We are very honored to receive a 2020 Capacity Fund Grant from Partnerships for Parks to support our programming and outreach. Partnerships for Parks is the public-private program that supports and champions a growing network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood parks and green spaces. Funding for this grant is made possible by presenting sponsor TD Bank. We appreciate Partnerships for Parks’ and TD Bank’s confidence in our work to protect, preserve, and present Olmsted-Beil House Park.

FOBH Awarded a Grant from the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund

FOBH has been awarded a generous grant from the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund. The Fund is administered by City Parks Foundation and was developed by a coalition of foundations. The funds will be used to support Friends’ essential maintenance, stewardship, public programming, and management. ​

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Stabilization Work Done at Olmsted-Beil House

Fifty Three Restoration staff conducting stabilization work on the Olmsted-Beil House, January 2020.
Fifty Three Restoration staff conducting stabilization work on the Olmsted-Beil House, January 2020. Photo: Patricia Salmon
FOBH Advisory Board member Tina Kaasmann-Dunn examines repointing of the Olmsted-Beil House foundation, January 2020.
FOBH Board member Tina Kaasmann-Dunn examines repointing of the Olmsted-Beil House foundation, January 2020. Photo: Patricia Salmon

A big thank you to the New York Landmarks Conservancy for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Olmsted-Beil House. In 2019, they led efforts to raise funds for emergency stabilization work at the house. As the Conservancy reported, the “work to date has covered the area around the stone foundation to prevent further water penetration, repointed part of the foundation, and laid a waterproof membrane in the basement” (https://nylandmarks.org/news/progress-at-the-landmark-olmsted-house/).

This stabilization work is required before restoration of the house can be initiated.

A plan is in the works for the upper windows of the house to be restored.

Partnerships for Parks Bright Future Award​

Partnerships for Parks Bright Future Award
In photo, (L-R): Mitchell Silver (Commissioner for the New York City Parks Dept.), Sam Biedermann ( Assistant Commissioner for Community Outreach and Partnership Development), Stefanie Gutierrez (Partnerships for Parks Staten Island Outreach Coordinator), Rashaun Mitchell (Parks & Recreation Manager), Felicity Beil, Lynda Ricciardone (Staten Island Parks Commissioner),  Jenny Swadosh, William E. Bell, Paula Tramontana, Sabina Saragoussi (Director of Partnerships for Parks).Photo: Partnerships for Parks
Bright Futures Award Certificate

Friends of Olmsted Beil House board members Felicity Beil, Paula Tramontano, Jenny Swadosh and William Bell accepting the “Bright Future” Award on February 26, 2020 at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan for the 25th Anniversary Partnerships for Parks Awards reception. The awards program recognizes New York City park volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to their local parks through service, advocacy, and collaboration.