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State seeks historic designation for Suffolk estate, Nassau church

A Suffolk County summer estate built in the 1890s and a Nassau County church established by Russian families who were displaced by two world wars have been recommended by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Cuomo on Thursday nominated the Benner-Foos-Ceparano Estate in Poquott and the Church of Our Lady of Kazan in Sea Cliff, along with more than 20 other properties, saying each reflects “the remarkable breadth of New York’s history.”

The Poquott estate — a Shingle-style house with a novel bowed design built between 1893 and 1895 — was the summer estate for prominent New York City lawyer Charles Benner.

The Church of Our Lady of Kazan was established and constructed in 1942 by a group of 35 Russian families displaced by World War I and World War II, according to a news release from Cuomo’s office.

The families immigrated to Sea Cliff and the nearby communities of Glen Cove, Locust Valley, Great Neck and Little Neck, the release said.

Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in a statement, “These nominations celebrate New York’s rich and diverse history. Adding them to the State and National Register of Historic Places can help them continue to be part of the fabric of their communities for years to come.”

According to the release, the State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archaeology and culture of New York 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.

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, officials said.

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