Richmond Hill architect, preservationist and historian passes away
by Sara Krevoy
Mar 03, 2020 | 1088 views | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Richmond Hill community is mourning the loss of Ivan Mrakovcic, an influential historian and preservationist for the neighborhood.

Co-founder and president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society, Mrakovcic, 57, passed away on February 27 after a long battle with brain cancer.

“Ivan loved this community and worked tirelessly in so many ways to preserve its historic character and charm,” the Richmond Hill Historical Society wrote in a statement on its website. “He was a dear friend to many and will be greatly missed. We will never forget his quirky humor, great Halloween costumes and, above all, his friendship.”

Regarded as a spirited leader and educator, Mrakovcic was dedicated to his community. His perseverance led to the establishment of a Historic District in North Richmond Hill on the New York State and National Historic Registers in March of 2019.

He was also involved in a number of organizations in the area, serving as treasurer of the Forest Park Trust, in addition to chairman of Community Board 9 from 2002 to 2007. Mrakovcic was involved in advocacy too, as a founding board member of the Friends of QueensWay group.

A passionate architect, Mrakovcic nourished a love of buildings and structural design for decades. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Architecture in 1986, and went on to become a senior architect at RAND Engineering and Architecture, where he worked since 2001.

Mrakovcic is survived by his wife, Laura, and two daughters, Hannah and Emma.

A wake will be held for Mrakovcic at Kearns Funeral Home in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral Mass takes place on Thursday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m. at Holy Child Jesus Church at 111-11 86 Avenue.

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