January Events: Party, Tour & Panels!


January 2014, Volume 11, Number 4

2014 Six to Celebrate!!!


Meet the New Neighborhoods on Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 pm

208 West 13th Street

Six to Celebrate 2014 Launch Party copy














Top from L-R: Forest Close, Queens; New York City’s Public Libraries; Park Ave., Manhattan

Bottom from L-R: Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; Madison Square North, Manhattan; Historic Cemeteries, Staten Island


HDC is thrilled to announce its 2014 Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods and institutions that merit preservation attention. This is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities coming directly from the neighborhoods.


Launching in conjunction with the 2014 list is also a new website for the Six to Celebrate Program, detailing all of the preservation work done in the chosen neighborhoods since the program’s inception in 2011. The website can be viewed at www.6tocelebrate.org.


The 2014 groups will be formally introduced at the Six to Celebrate Launch Party on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm at the LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street.) To purchase tickets, click here (or just show up at the door).


The six priority areas were chosen from applications submitted by neighborhood groups around the city on the basis of the architectural and historic merit of the area, the level of threat to the neighborhood, strength and willingness of the local advocates, and where HDC’s citywide preservation perspective and assistance could be the most meaningful.  Throughout 2014, HDC will work with these neighborhood partners to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs and building public awareness.


brochure-cropContinuing Education: Working with Historic Buildings

$25, Friends of HDC/ $30, General Public






Breathability – Insulation Options for Historic Buildings

January 28, 2014

Spray insulation, friend or foe? Discuss how heat and moisture affect your buildings and how all insulation systems and materials, new and old, must work in harmony. Stephen Tilly of Stephen Tilly, Architect will consider the pros and cons of diverse methods in insulating old buildings.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit

Please note- This panel will be located at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St., Rm. 203

Aches and Panes in Historic Window Work

February 11, 2014

Windows — often referred to as the “eyes” of a building — are among the most significant features of heritage sites.  Yet the question remains: repair or replace?  Walter Sedovic, FAIA LEED, Principal of WSA/ModernRuins will illustrate why restoration is a beneficial option, highlighting recent performance testing & data, code compliance, material technology, upgrades and embedded resilience of these increasingly rare — yet still wrongfully maligned — treasures.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit

New Design in Historic Districts

February 25, 2014

Traditional or Modern? This is the conundrum facing new rowhouse projects in NYC historic districts.  Brendan Coburn, the founding principal of CWB Architects, will discuss how his firm approached the design of three different new rowhouse projects in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill and Prospect Heights Historic Districts. The final designs, which all received the unanimous support and approval of the Landmark Preservation Commission, were informed by the firm’s knowledge of how particular districts value contextualism, combined with the clients’ desires, and a sensitive approach to specific physical adjacencies. The presentation will also highlight political and architectural considerations that influenced the designs.

1 AIA and New York State CES Credit



Secret Lives Tour: One Wall Street

1 wall street comboThe Bank of New York Mellon

Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 4 P.M.

The Historic Districts Council  invites you to tour three spectacular spaces in the Art Deco tower at One Wall Street. Built across from Trinity Church as the Irving Trust Building, the limestone skyscraper is a private wonder occupied today by The Bank of New York Mellon.

Visitors will explore the bank’s museum, 49th floor reception room, and The Red Room, with its spectacular red and gold mosaics. The museum’s artifacts illustrate the architectural and institutional history of BNY Mellon in Lower Manhattan. On the top floor, gilded shells from the Philippines decorate the angular ceiling of the three-story reception room. The adjacent observation decks provide splendid views in four directions. Christine McKay, historian of BNY Mellon, will guide visitors through the historic building.

Price: $50 Friends of HDC, $75 for Guests
Location and directions will be provided one week prior to the tour.
Business or business casual attire is requested.

Please note: Photography is not permitted inside the building

To purchase tickets, click here , call 212-614-9107, ext. 14 or e-mail bharmon@hdc.org. Advance reservations are required and space is very limited.


The HDC Grassroots Awards! The Historic Districts Council holds a yearly event to honor those who have been especially influential in the preservation world. The Grassroots Awards are given to those who have worked tirelessly for their neighborhoods, by gaining recognition and protection for New York’s historic buildings.


Do you know a person or a group who deserves recognition for their work towards preserving the architectural history of New York City?

Please send nominations to bharmon@hdc.org.


Edward Hopper, 3 Washington Square North

CULTURAL MEDALLION SURVEY! The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (www.hlpcculturalmedallions.org) has asked us to help identify cultural medallions. These terra cotta medallions commemorate notable New Yorkers, and have been installed throughout the five boroughs for the past twenty years. HLPC is now seeking to confirm locations of all existing plaques, to ensure that their records are thoroughly up to date. Please send your sighting of a plaque, with address and the name of the New Yorker, to historiclandmarkspreservation@gmail.com.



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  1. The Historic Districts Coalition is an informal alliance of organizations and individuals representing Washington, D.C.’s historic districts—those that have been designated under the provisions of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (D.C. Public Law 2-144)—as well as others interested in historic preservation, including residents of undesignated neighborhoods and representatives of neighborhood organizations, historic preservation organizations, and preservation-related businesses.

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