Project Examples
Larson Fisher Associates


Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Team: Neil Larson (LFA) & Kathryn Grover
Client: Eastham Historical Commission
Date: June 2005

The Town of Eastham realized that it had significant gaps in its historic resource base data for the 20th century and in particular needed to understand better the community's resort architecture due to growing development pressures. LFA, together with historian Kathryn Grover, has been creating area forms and documenting in-depth historical information for selected properties to address this need. To facilitate a better appreciation for these modest vernacular buildings, a historic context for the period to interpret cultural, social, and economic factors associated with the architecture. The methodology and products meet standards set by MHC and the National Park Service, including black and white photographic documentation.

Contact: Elizabeth Sandler, Chair, Eastham Historical Commission, Eastham, MA 508-255-4902

Village of Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York

Team: Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA)
Client: Village of Cobleskill, New York
Date: September 2003

The Cobleskill Historic District Review Commission was deeply involved in project review for properties within the Village's large, locally designated historic district. Unfortunately, the commission lacked up-to-date information about the buildings it was reviewing. A grant from the Preservation League of New York allowed them to hire LFA to undertake a update survey and photo documentation project to remedy this shortcoming. An extensive database was created that allows individual building features to be searched and analyzed. One discovery was the extraordinary number of Decorative Gable End Vent Screens on both primary and accessory buildings. The final report included an illustrated analysis of the types of architectural styles found in the Village, as well as recommendations for future preservation measures.

Contact: Pam Tichey, Planning, Enforcement and Code Division, Village of Cobleskill, NY 518-234-4661 ext. 251

Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York

Team: Neil Larson
Client: Friends of Kimlin Cider Mill & Open Space, Poughkeepsie, New York
Date: October 2001

To respond quickly to the threat of demolition, and to accommodate the non-profit group's financial situation, LFA broke this project into two parts: the first was to write a statement of significance for the historic Kimlin Cider Mill property. This allowed the Friends of Kimlin Cider Mill and Open Space, the neighborhood group whose mission is to preserve the building, to obtain a determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places from the New York State Historic Preservation Office, thereby delaying its immediate demolition. The significance statement explained the important connections this local landmark had with Vassar College as well as many community groups in Poughkeepsie, such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. A follow-up formal nomination of the building to the National Register by LFA resulted in its listing and recognition that the building is worthy of preservation.

Contact: Lisa Weis, President, Friends of Kimlin Cider Mill & Open Space, Poughkeepsie, NY
845-462-2516 (home)

Liberty, Sullivan County, New York

Team: Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA)
Client: Village of Liberty
Date: June 2005/September 2005

The Village of Liberty has been undergoing economic revitalization over the past couple of years with an emphasis on historic preservation. Expansion of a small National Register district established in the 1970s was deemed important to provide a broader range of historic properties with the tax incentives for sprucing up the downtown. With major street improvements also being undertaken by the New York Department of Transportation, updating the sign law was timely and in keeping with the general upgrading being sought by the community. New sign regulations needed to be cognizant of the character of the village's historic downtown as well as the gateway areas leading into the village. The approach to the sign law was to recognize the character of different districts within the village, tailor regulations for each, and reference a profusely illustrated Sign Guidelines document designed to assist businesses in understanding how to select effective signage that would be approved.

Contact: Allan Berube, Village Trustee 845-807-3759

Historic Weeksville, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Team: Neil Larson
Client: Society for the Preservation of Weeksville
Date: June 2004

Four small wood frame houses on the old 17th-century Hunterfly Road in Bedford-Stuyvesant are the lone survivors of Brooklyn's rural landscape and the African American community of Weeksville that developed there in the 1840s on the fringe of the expanding New York metropolis. As part of a documentation project to nominate the property a National Historic Landmark, LFA prepared an existing conditions report for The Society for the Preservation of Weeksville to determine the historic integrity of the buildings and their unusual siting. In particular, the report addressed the question as to how the oldest of these buildings (c. 1830) appeared on its site and how it and its neighbors survived the relentless expansion of Brooklyn's urban grid. The project was funded by a technical services grant by NYSCA's Architecture Planning & Design Program.

Contact: Pamela E. Green, Executive Director, Society for the Preservation of Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY