Inventing Preservation
Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 pm

Historic preservation activism in New York City did not begin in the 1960s with the fight to save Penn Station and the effort to pass the Landmarks Law—it began in the late 19th century. Little-remembered preservation pioneers like Andrew H. Green and Albert Bard, as well as various women's garden clubs, and patriotic and civic organizations laid the groundwork for the generations of preservationists that would follow. Join us to recount the triumphs, failures, and tactics of these early preservationists, and discuss what they might teach us moving forward.This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through January 3.

Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian
Anthony Wood, Founder and Chair, New York Preservation Archive Project
Amy Freitag, Executive Director at JM Kaplan Fund
Seri Worden, Senior Field Officer in New York City for the National Trust for Historic Preservation


Free for MCNY members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.

1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.


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The Saving Place public programs series is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. The symposium is co-sponsored by Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society, New York Preservation Archive Project, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, American Scottish Foundation, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Bronx Museum of Arts, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Central Park Conservancy, Columbia University GSAPP, Cooper-Hewitt, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Global Gateway Alliance, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, Historic House Trust, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, Kaufman Music Center, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Merchant's House Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Preservation Center, New York Harbor Parks,  New York School of Interior Design, New York Transit Museum,  NYC Landmarks 50, NYC & Co., Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Society of Architectural Historians, Time Square Alliance, and The Victorian Society New York, Metropolitan Chapter of the VSA. 




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Photo: Aaron Rose, Demolition of Pennyslvania Station, 1964-65. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Aaron Rose