New York City’s public school system includes more than 1,600 properties that house public schools, charter schools, and support facilities. These buildings are the heritage of perhaps the greatest public school system in history, and certainly one of the largest portfolios of historic buildings in the country. Over half of these buildings are old enough to be considered eligible for listing as historic properties under New York State’s Historic Preservation Laws. Independently, many of them are NYC Landmarks or are located in Landmark Districts.

As part of its duties as steward for these buildings, the NYC School Construction Authority has commissioned Nelligan White Architects to prepare a history and guide to rehabilitation of its public schools. The guide will provide readers with an overview of the history of these buildings and practical information for professionals and builders involved in their preservation and rehabilitation.