The Cultural Medallions are a program of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair of the HLPC, created the Cultural Medallions program to ensure that New York’s rich history was not forgotten. The HLPC has installed close to 100 medallions around the city to heighten public awareness of the cultural and social history of New York City. HLPC and HDC have been working together to provide new plaques since 2011.
To nominate a site for a medallion, click here.
Edith Wharton House, 14 West 23rd Street, dedicated October 5, 2011
Edward Durell Stone House, 130 East 64 Street, dedicated March 15, 2012
Upcoming Medallion Ceremonies
Monday, May 6, at 2:45 p.m. (143 Avenue B between East 9 and 10 Streets), to commemorate the most influential non-elected official in U.S. history, Harry Lloyd Hopkins. Speakers will include award-winning journalist and author Jonathan Alter; author Dr. June Hopkins, his grand-daughter and biographer; David Woolner, Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute; and Tatiana Pouschine, Chair of Christodora.
Thursday, May 16 at 3:45 p.m. (312 West 77 Street, Manhattan, between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive); to commemorate the acclaimed jazz musician Miles Davis; Harlem School of the Arts Jazz Band will perform, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Curator and critic Phil Schaap will speak. Wallace Roney, Miles Davis’ protege and renowned musician, will also speak and perform.
Tuesday, June 11 at 2:45 p.m (685 West End Avenue, Manhattan); to commemorate celebrated abstract expressionist Barnett Newman. Artist Frank Stella, biographer Amy Newman (no relation), and Newman’s close friend and sculptor Robert Murray will speak.
Monday, September 23 at 3:45 p.m. (25 Broad Street, at the corner of Exchange Street, Manhattan) to commemorate the influence of Albert Sprague Bard, the so-called “grandfather” of landmarks preservation, whose advocacy of governmental aesthetic regulation helped preserve our history. Speakers: former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairs Beverly Moss Spatt, Kent Barwick, Gene Norman, Laurie Beckelman, and Sherida Paulsen. Jennifer Raab and current Chair Robert Tierney have been invited.