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






The Rise & Fall of Penn Station

A Screening Party

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. / Short Program at 8:30 p.m. / Screening at 9:00 p.m.





The event will be held at:

The Loft at Professor Thom’s Bar & Restaurant

219 Second Avenue, btw. E. 13th & E. 14th Sts.

New York City

Free, but reservations are required.

To register, please call 212-228-2781

or email

Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, the Neighborhood

Preservation Center, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Historic Districts Council,

Preservation Alumni, Pratt Historic Preservation Alumni, and the Young City Coalition.

This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of

the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Law.


1 wall street combo Secret Lives Tour: One Wall Street

The 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, BNY Mellon archivist, 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 or call 212-614-9107, ext. 14 or e-mail Advance reservations are required and space is very limited.