Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. April 21, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016
"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.
Read the press release.
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Preservation through Transformation: A Review of Recent Adaptive Reuse Projects with Meenakshi Srinivasan
Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm at the Center for Architecture
Introduced fifty years ago to protect historically-significant buildings in New York City, the Landmarks Preservation Law has preserved and transformed countless landmarks through adaptive reuse. Join us at the Center for Architecture for a close look at key adaptive reuse projects, both recent and classic.
Civic Grandeur: Preserving Public Buildings
Monday, December 14 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a talk about New York's civic and public buildings, and how these symbolic landmarks project the image of a majestic metropolis to New Yorkers and the world.
Politics, Money, and Anarchy: Historic House Museums
Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a conversation about the radical new techniques that historic house museums are using to keep audiences intrigued, engaged – and returning for visits.
- "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.
J.M. Kaplan Fund
Extell Development Company
Robert A. & Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
Taconic Builders/Jim Hanley
Two Trees Management Company/David Walentas
42nd Street Development Corporation
O. Kelley Anderson
Beyer Blinder Belle
The Brodsky Organization
Carolyn S. Brody Family Foundation
David F. and Frances A. Eberhart Foundation
John J. Kerr and Nora Wren Kerr
L & L Holding Company
New York Preservation Archive Project
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Reilly Windows & Doors/Michael Reilly
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Howard L. Zimmerman Architects
Artistic Doors & Windows Manufacturing
Authentic Window Design
Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners
Françoise Bollack and Thomas Killian
Bone Levine Architects
Brisk Waterproofing Company
Building Conservation Associates/Raymond M. Pepi
Catherine Cahill and William Bernhard
Carnegie Hill Neighbors
William and Robin D. Hubbard
Suzanne Davis and Rolf Ohlhausen
Deerpath Construction Corporation
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture/Hugh Hardy
Higgins Quesebarth & Partners
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
E. William Judson
Stephen S. Lash
Empire State Realty Trust
James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects
The Nanz Company
Old Structures Engineering
Thomas Phifer and Partners
Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Polart Group/Wesley Armatowski
Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects
Encarnita and Robert Quinlan
G.P. Schafer Architect
The Stonbely Family Foundation
Skyline Windows/Peter Warren
Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation
Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger
West New York Restoration of CT
Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation/Lloyd Zuckerberg
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar K. Anderson III
Patricia Begley and George H. Beane
Stephen G. Berliner/Savills Studley
Lucienne and Claude Bloch
Joan H. Geismar, Ph.D.
Jeanne Giordano and Robert Frasca
Linda Yowell Architects
Nicholson & Galloway Inc.
Nancy and Otis Pearsall
Linda Yowell Architects
With public support from:
Honorable Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council
Honorable Helen Rosenthal, City Council Member
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.
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
Admission to the Museum of the City of New York includes all exhibitions currently on view. The Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.