Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. April 21 - Sept. 13, 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 50th anniversary, Saving Place is 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, currently a consultant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Exhibition Co-chairs: Frederick Bland, Jim Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Esq., Richard Olcott, Raymond Pepi, Frank Sciame
Honorary Chairs: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Meenakshi Srinivasan, Robert B. Tierney
Read the press release.
Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods
Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm
Join a group of experts to explore the intersections between historic preservation and affordable housing.
The Reach of the Landmarks Law: A Balancing Act
Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm
Join a group of preservation experts as they will explore the possibilities, limitations, and challenges of the landmarks law.
Modern Architecture: The New Frontier
Tuesday, June 30 at 7pm
Join this panel in exploring the complexity of – and controversies over – potential landmarks from the late modern and postmodern era (c. 1970 on), as well as evolving concepts about the presentation and interpretation of history and context in urban architecture.
Is Preservation Elitist?
Monday, July 20 at 6:30pm
Join a panel of community activists, preservationists and architects as they discuss the challenges of preserving those designated historic districts in New York famed for their distinctive cultural character versus their grand architecture.
The Politics of Preservation
Thursday, August 6 at 6:30pm
Join a panel that will explore the broad issues that bring the political process to bear on the operations and execution of the Landmarks Law.
Preservation in Global Cities: New York/ Mexico City/ Paris/ Shanghai
Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm
Join an international panel of architects, planners, and academics to explore the contrasting approaches and strategies of preservation faced by global cities in Europe, Asia, and America.
Educator Workshop: Saving Place: Engaging Students with New York City Landmarks
Saturday, May 9 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.
Interested in booking a group tour? Click here to learn about opportunities to join Museum scholars and curators for a closer look.
The Museum will present a series of walking tours in collaboration with Municipal Art Society’s “50 for the 50th!” Tours.