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: Fred Bland, James Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Richard Olcott, Frank Sciame, Michael Sillerman

Honorary Chairs: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Robert 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
    Taconic Builders
    The J.M. Kaplan Fund
    Two Trees Management Co.
    The Robert A. & Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation
    Frank Sciame
    New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
    L&L Holdings Company, LLC
    Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP
    The Brodsky Organization
    David F. and Frances A. Eberhart Foundation
    Ennead Architects
    Allade, Inc.
    Carolyn S. Brody
    New York Preservation Archive Project
    O'Kelley Anderson
    42nd Street Development Corporation
    Capalino + Company
    Howard L. Zimmerman Architects. P.C.
    John Kerr
    Reilly Windows and Doors
    The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council, Speaker
    The Honorable Helen Rosenthal, New York City Council, District 6
    E. William Judson
    Catherine Cahill and William Bernhard
    Suzanne Davis and Rolf Ohlhausen
    Barbara and Donald Tober
    Brenda Levin
    Robert and Encarnita Quinlan
    Bentel & Bentel Architects Planners, LLP
    Bone Levine Architects
    Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
    Francoise A. Bollack
    G.P. Schafer Architect, P.C.
    Lee Harris Pomerdy Architects
    Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects
    Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
    Thomas Phifer and Partners, LP