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Protecting historic properties

These properties can change owners but come with many restrictions imposed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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The Ferrigno House, built in 1923 and donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2007, is in the Broadway-Flushing section of Queens borough, in New York. The Trust is selling the historic bungalow, but it comes with a long list of many things that a buyer cannot do to alter the property or house.

New York

BENEATH the living room's Hershey-hued oak coffers and beside its stately red-brick fireplace stood a small wooden side table, looking as old as the house itself. A sign-in sheet lay on the table, and a pile of thick, colourful folders.

Inside each folder were two thick