Trylon Theater Update/How You Can Lend Your Support

posted by NativeForestHiller on February 9, 2006 at 5:54 am

FOREST HILLS, NY — The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater (local residents, preservation groups, historical societies) has been trying to encourage the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the Art Deco/Moderne 1939 World’s Fair-inspired Trylon Theater at 98-81 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY.

Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Tierney had intentions of granting a hearing for the Trylon Theater as early as 2003. However, Councilwoman Katz’s inactivity and initial opposition to its possible landmarking, prolonged Mr. Tierney’s decision, since the LPC usually does not act without sufficient political support. Councilwoman Katz now claims she values its historical significance and favors landmark status.

According to the Feb 2, 2006 Queens Gazette article entitled, “Trylon Landmarking: Unnecessary Confusion?” “Councilwoman Katz made it abundantly clear that she is in favor of landmarking the Trylon, which is agreed by all parties concerned, would include the building facade, its crystal tower, the theater marquee, and retain the Trylon name.”

***Since the Landmarks Preservation Commission is slow in acting, please write to the LPC, urging landmark designation of the Trylon Theater. Please encourage other people to write letters as well. Reflect upon its significance (‘39 World’s Fair) & rare attributes (Streamlined Art Moderne facade, elliptical marquee, glass block projection tower which illuminates Queens Blvd, & the mosaic tile/terrazzo floor which bears a 3D mirror image of the Trylon monument). Your letter should also reflect possible sentiments, the fact that CM Katz now supports landmarking, & the LPC should calendar and hear it ASAP. Write to:

Mr. Robert Tierney, Chairman
c/o NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre St, 9th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007
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Follow up with phone calls: (212) 669-7700 (Dial “1” & then dial “Tierney”)
Also, carbon copy Committee To Save The Trylon Theater at

If you haven’t already done so, please sign the Trylon petition:

For Trylon Theater then & now visuals:

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