E-BULLETIN – Fall is Full of Fun!


September 2013, Volume 10, Number 4


Lower East Side Preservation Initiative:

Solving the Tenement Puzzle Dispelling Myths and Misperceptions
of an Architectural Vernacular

Wednesday, September 25th

The tenement building is perhaps New York City’s – and certainly the Lower East Side’s – most characteristic structure.

Tenements present a surprising variety of sizes and styles, from modest and plain to expansive and ornate. On close observation tenement design provides subtle clues to the city’s complex and often enigmatic history: this is art and architecture in the context of economics, politics and social reform.

Rob Hollander, a longtime Lower East Side resident who helped found the Lower East Side History Project, has published, lectured, curated exhibits, and led walking tours on local history and architecture.

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street
between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Suggested Donation: $10
Light refreshments will be served

Space is limited, reservations recommended: RSVP HERE
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Sponsored by
Lower East Side Preservation Initiative
and Historic Districts Council



SIX to CELEBRATE 2013: Tribeca!



Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.

$5: Friends of HDC, seniors, students, $10: general public

Led by Matthew Postal, Architectural Historian

By popular demand, Matthew Postal will lead a second tour of Tribeca this fall!  One of New York City’s most notable neighborhoods, Tribeca’s spectacular collection of mercantile architecture found new life as a vibrant residential and commercial area thanks to preservation efforts in the 1980s.  This tour will explore the history of Tribeca from its residential origins in the last decades of the 18th century to the fashionable present day, viewing memorable examples of mercantile architecture and adaptive reuse.  We will examine the impact of urban renewal and how recent additions to the neighborhood are shaping the historic cityscape. 

Six to Celebrate is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Sara Gonzalez, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez


Cultural Medallion

Albert Sprague Bard

Monday, September 23, 3:45 p.m. 

Please join HDC along with the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and the New York Preservation Archive Project for a celebration of Albert Sprague Bard, the Grandfather of the Landmarks Law. Bard was a noted civic activist and preservationist who campaigned against several Robert Moses development schemes and created the Bard Act, which enabled the Landmarks Law to be passed. HLPC will be unveiling a Cultural Medallion for Mr. Bard on 25 Broad Street, the office where he worked for over 40 years.  Former LPC chairs and other preservation luminaries will be in attendance.



These tours are part of HDC’s 2014 conference “New Design + Old Places”. Through the conference we will showcase projects that broaden traditional perceptions of the field of historic preservation and incorporate contemporary design with historic resources.



Ottendorfer Library

Ottendorfer Library

A Walking Tour of Historic Libraries in the Village—and One New One!

Led by John Bacon, HDC board member and Director of Planned Giving at The New York Public Library

Friday, October 4

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Take a walk through history and see how old buildings can be positively utilized for the future. The tour will include both historic and new libraries in the East Village demonstrating how both old and new can function well together in New York City.

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Creative Approaches to Adaptive Reuse

Sunday, October 27

1:00 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

A Walking Tour of the West Village with Françoise Bollack, HDC Board President and author of “Old Buildings – New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations”.

A walk on Greenwich and Washington Streets shows the evolution of creative adaptive reuse in the West Village: from early, massive projects like the Federal Archives building and Westbeth, to more recent, formally inventive interventions in the Meatpacking/Gansevoort Market District, and many surprises in between.

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2 Responses to “E-BULLETIN – Fall is Full of Fun!”
  1. Annice Alt says:

    I would be interested in Matt Postal’s tour of Tribeca on October 9, except I wonder whether it could start earlier. Sunset will be at 6:26 on October 9th. Most walking tours are one and half to two hours or more, so most of it would in the darkness.

    There was no line to reserve for this tour, so you will have to post it again anyway. How about rethinking the start time to 5pm.


  2. Arnaud Gottgens says:

    Hallo it’s me from Paris

    i generaly friend of all Historical society’s ect.. do you have an e newslettre
    thank you

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