|The U.S. Department
of the Interior (www.nps.gov/nhl/)
defines a National Historic Landmark
"National Historic Landmarks are nationally
significant historic places designated by the
Secretary of the Interior because they possess
exceptional value or quality in illustrating
or interpreting the heritage of the United States."
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||In September, 2000, an application (pdf
125K) nominating the Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh
to be designated a National Historic Landmark was prepared
by William Krattinger, Historic Preservation Specialist,
New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
On August 7, 2001, following recommendations of a national
advisory board, the Secretary of the Interior accepted
the nomination and designated the DRC a National Historic
On November 3, 2001, a dedication
ceremony in front of the DRC commemorated its achievement
of this prestigious status.
The following were the key points accepted by the Park
Service in summarizing the significance of the Dutch
Reformed Church is nationally significant as
an outstanding, largely intact Greek Revival
style church designed by Alexander Jackson Davis.
1835 and completed in 1837, it is the last extant
Greek Revival church directly attributable to
Davis that retains design integrity consistent
with his original intentions.
is distinguished by an exceptionally bold and
skillfully designed composition, featuring a
monumental pedimented Ionic portico and dramatically
is a potent reminder of the early part of Davis'
career, a time when his gifted hand contributed
significantly to the emergence of the Greek Revival
style in the United States.