Party Recap, Film Event and Tours!


2014 Six to Celebrate Launch Party!



Last night the Historic Districts Council officially welcomed the 2014 Six to Celebrate groups from Atlantic Avenue, Forest Close, Historic Staten Island Cemeteries, Madison Square North, Park Avenue and New York City Libraries! Together with advocates from this year’s groups, previous Six to Celebrate groups and neighborhood friends, HDC celebrated the accomplishments of the 2013 Six to Celebrate and introduced the work that will be done over the next year towards preservation, education and outreach. Thank you for making it such a fun event, and we look forward to seeing everyone at programs and tours throughout 2014!



brochure-cropContinuing Education: Working with Historic Buildings

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

Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 E. 11 Street


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