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Two Suffolk historic sites receive recommendations for registers

The former Babylon Public Library, now home to

The former Babylon Public Library, now home to the Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society in Babylon, June 12, 2015. Credit: Ed Betz

The Daniel and Henry P. Tuthill Farm in Jamesport and the Babylon Library have been nominated for listing on the state and national registers of historic places.

The nominations, announced Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, were made by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. The two Suffolk County sites were among 26 the group recommended in the state.

"By placing these sites on the State and National Register of Historic Places, we can ensure that they will be preserved and enjoyed by New Yorkers and visitors for years to come," Cuomo said in a news release.

The 2.5-acre Tuthill farm, located on Main Road, includes a Greek revival farmhouse built in 1840 by James Tuthill, who named the hamlet. It also features a barn built in 1877.

Dayna Corlito, owner of the farm, said she is renovating and restoring much of the architecture to ensure its preservation and to replicate its original appearance.

"I just love the property so much, and I wanted to make sure that someone else didn't come around, buy it and knock it all down and build something new there," she said.

The old Babylon Library at 17 W. Main St. was designed by Arthur D. Pickering and built in the neoclassical revival style in 1911. It now houses the Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society. Officials there could not be reached for comment.

Randy Simons, spokesman for the state Board for Historic Preservation, said the nominations for the state register should be approved by next week by Rose Harvey, state parks commissioner. Each application will then be sent through the national register evaluation process, he said.

Buildings listed on the state and national registers are eligible for public preservation programs and services, including federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Owners of historic properties must apply for these benefits through Harvey's department.

Developers invested $500 million statewide in 2014 to revitalize properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Homeowners using the state historic homeowner rehabilitation tax credit invested more than $9.8 million statewide on home improvements to help revitalize historic neighborhoods, according to Cuomo's office.

"These sites are the physical reminders of the incredible scope of architectural vision, craftsmanship, innovation and history across New York State," Harvey said in the news release. "Listing these landmarks will give them the recognition and support they deserve."

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