Letter to Town Administrator: Landmark status for some of Reader’s Digest old campus

July 31, 2009
by Gray Williams

Dear Mr. Faiella:

A few weeks ago, upon the recommendation of the New Castle Landmarks Advisory Committee, the Supervisor [of the town board] sent Summit Greenfield a proposal to designate as New Castle Landmarks two parts of the former Reader’s Digest property: The Thomas Wright house and grounds at the entrance on Bedford Road, and the original Reader’s Digest headquarters building together with its landscaping and the view scape toward the railroad and parkway.

I am concerned that as yet no reply has been received from Summit Greenfield concerning this proposal. The two sites are unquestionably among the most prominent and important historical places in New Castle, and in my view, their preservation should be an essential part of any plan to develop the Reader’s Digest property. I hope that the owners will promptly signify their agreement.

Gray Williams

Town Historian

Chair, Landmarks Advisory Committee

The town board has mounted the DEIS and related documents on a dedicated website:


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