MOHAWK VALLEY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Friday December 10th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the State Board for Historic Preservation is considering 21 residences to add to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and there are two locations from Mohawk Valley on the list.

“New York is home to so many historic gems of industry and culture, and through these nominations, those places can truly be recognized,” Governor Hochul said “By including them in the historic registers, it ensures resources are available to maintain these meaningful reminders of the past.”

Olbiston Flats of Oneida County was built in 1898 and is in the heart of the City of Utica. It is known as a ‘Renaissance Revival style’ building, is five-stories tall, and is made from brick and stone. At the time of its construction, the apartment building reflected the wealth and industrial growth that was taking place in the city during the end of the 19th century. It was considered a residence for the upper- to middle-class and an alternative lifestyle to individual home ownership.

Smith-Voorhees-Covenhoven House of Montgomery County was built around 1786 and is in the Town of Glen. The construction techniques used to build this residence reflected a blending of traditional Dutch and New England methods that were prominent immediately after the Revolutionary War. It’s actually still a functional home and is still in use today.

Having this designation with State and National Registries has benefits that will assist owners in revitalizing these properties, making them eligible for preservation programs and services, state grants, as well as state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Once the residences are approved by the Commissioner, they will be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places (NYSRHP) and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). They will then go through another review process and if approved there, added to the National Register.

For more information, with photos of the nominations, please visit the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s website.