Saving Place: April 21, 2015

Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.

Presented to celebrate the law's fiftieth anniversary, Saving Place will be organized by Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.

Exhibition Co-chairs: Frederick Bland, Jim Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Esq., Richard Olcott, Raymond Pepi, Frank Sciame, Michael Sillerman

Honorary Chairs: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Meenakshi Srinivasan, Robert B. Tierney

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Educator Programs

Free Educator Open House: Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks
Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Explore this exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law, which resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough.

Educator Workshop: Saving Place: Engaging Students with New York City Landmarks
Saturday, May 9 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or Wednesday, May 13 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join leading historians and museum educators for a day dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law.

  • Sponsors

    Extell Development Company
    J.M. Kaplan Fund
    Taconic Builders
    Two Trees Management

    Robert A. & Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation
    L&L Holding Company, LLC
    New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

    42nd Street Development Corporation
    Allade, Inc.
    O'Kelley Anderson
    Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP
    The Brodsky Organization
    Carolyn S. Brody Family Foundation
    Capalino + Company
    David F. and Frances A. Eberhart Foundation
    Ennead Architects
    New York Preservation Archive Project
    Howard L. Zimmerman Architects. P.C.
    John J. Kerr Esq.
    Peter Pennoyer Architects
    Michael Reilly/Reilly Windows & Doors
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects
    Howard L. Zimmerman Architects

    Bentel & Bentel, Architects Planners
    BKSK Architects
    Francoise Bollack and Thomas Killian
    Bone Levine Architects
    Building Conservation Associates
    Catherine Cahill and William Bernhard
    Carnegie Hill Neighbors
    Suzanne Davis and Rolf Ohlhausen
    Empire State Realty Observatory
    Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
    James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
    Hugh Hardy
    Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
    E. William Judson
    Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects
    Thomas Phifer and Partners, LP
    Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
    Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects
    Robert and Encarnita Quinlan
    G.P. Schafer Architect
    SHoP Architects
    Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation
    West New York Restoration of Connecticut
    Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation/Lloyd Zuckerberg
    Mr. and Mrs. Oscar K. Anderson III

    Jeanne Giordano and Robert Frasca
    Nicholson & Galloway Inc.
    Nicholas Quennell
    Linda Yowell Architects

    Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council
    Honorable Helen Rosenthal, City Council

    Saving Place is also made possible by:

    The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.