ALBANY, NY - The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended that the Allegany Council House in the Seneca Nation Allegany Territory be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The house, a 1925 wood-frame building, is significant for its associations with two major 20th century events in the cultural and governmental history of the Seneca Nation, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office. It served as the primary gathering place for regular meetings of the Seneca Council and was the political epicenter for two major Seneca Nation battles: to halt the Kinzua Dam Project and to obtain the right to vote for Seneca women in Seneca elections.
The Allegany Council House is one of 22 properties, resources and districts that the state has recommended for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
"The rich history of New York helped shape the history of this nation and the designation of these 22 additional sites to will help ensure that these places and their histories are preserved for New Yorkers and visitors alike for generations to come," Cuomo said.
State and National Registers listing can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register. The Seneca Nation has its own Tribal Preservation Officer and will submit its nomination directly to the Keeper of the Register.