Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. April 21 - Sept. 13, 2015
"Saving Place establishes landmarks as a key to urban dynamism, not as some fuddy-duddy concept. These are living, vital buildings.” — Susan Henshaw Jones, via The New York Times.
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.
Join the conversation. #SavingPlace
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.
- "How Some of NYC's First Landmarked Buildings Became Rubble" Curbed Network
- "'Saving Place' Exhibition Celebrates New York Landmarks, Saved and Lost" The New York Times
- "Flip Through 50 Years of Historic New York City Landmarks" The Atlantic's CityLab
- "5 Places You Might Not Know are Bona Fide NYC Landmarks" New York Post
- "New Exhibit Looks at Story of Historic Preservation in Five Boroughs" NY1
- Inside MCNY's Newest Exhibit: Saving Place" Untapped Cities
- "New York City’s Landmark Preservation Movement Exhibited" Architect Magazine
- "What Saved Grand Central? A New Exhibit Celebrates NYC's Greatest Landmarks" Condé Nast Traveler
- "Exhibition highlights 50-year-old New York City Landmarks Law" Associated Press
- "New Exhibit–Saving Place: Fifty Years of NYC Landmarks at MCNY: Interview with the Curators" Untapped Cities
- "Discover 50 Years of New York City's Historic Landmarks" Architectural Digest
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.