Fall in Love This Valentine's Day… with HDC's Events!

 In This Issue:

  • Secret Lives Tour:E.R. Butler & Co. Decorative Hardware- February 24
  • Landmarks at 50: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Future- March 6-April 18
  • Give a Rose to the Rose Reading Room of the Main Library- February 14
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Secret Lives Tour:

E.R. Butler & Co. Decorative Hardware 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:00 PM


Join HDC for a tour of E.R. Butler & Co.’s beautiful Prince Street building and impressive decorative hardware showrooms.


Behind the doors of many of New York’s most architecturally stunning façades, are equally elegant interiors. E.R. Butler & Co. has been designing, creating and distributing fine architectural hardware and decorative furnishings in the spirit of 19th-century American craft since 1990. Their Manhattan showroom is located in the buildings which were once the home to the legendary Prince Street Works, the silver department of Tiffany & Co. Rhett Butler, founder of E.R. Butler, will guide the tour through the cast iron building on Prince Street and into the showrooms which house an archive of more than 25,000 pieces.


$35 for Friends of HDC, students and seniors, $45 for general public

To register, please click here


If you have any questions, please contact Brigid Harmon at or 212-614-9107.


The exact meeting location will be emailed to registrants the week prior to the tour. Space is limited.

2015 Annual Preservation Conference Series
Landmarks at 50: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Future

Postcard for Web

Keynote and Opening Reception


March 6, 2015 6:30 pm 

The Diana Center at Barnard College

3009 Broadway at 118th Street

Keynote Speaker: Jake Dobkin, co-founder and publisher of Gothamist
Today’s Youth and the Future of Landmarks
Jake Dobkin is a lifelong New Yorker  and the publisher of Gothamist, a city-centric blog that focuses on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage. He writes the popular “Ask a Native New Yorker” feature, where he offers useful advice on neighborhoods, transit, culture, and the ever-important work of interacting with your fellow New Yorkers on a daily basis. He lives in Park Slope with his wife, two kids, and parents.

Plus the Preservation Fair!

Conference Panels:


Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM

Eldridge Street Synagogue

12 Eldridge Street

Lower East Side

Barack Obama Slept Here: Recognizing Today’s Sites of Cultural Significance

More than simply celebrating architectural merit, New York City’s cultural landmarks proudly declare thatHistory Happened Here! Since the signing of the Landmarks Law, many buildings, both individually and as part of historic districts, have been recognized and protected for their cultural significance to the city. These sites, along with those that are still not officially recognized, speak to the vast history of nation-building, housing, social welfare, the arts, entertainment, and all the innumerable aspects of life which New Yorkers have pursued since the city’s founding. Author David Freeland will discuss those cultural sites which have been officially designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1965. The panelists, including Marie Falgeul of 5Pointz, will then take on the conversation of what does recognition and preservation of these places look like moving forward. In an increasingly diversifying world, how do we best acknowledge and protect the significant places that speak to recently-arrived communities, historically-marginalized groups, and emerging cultural movements?

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place


Tomorrow’s Yesterdays: Historic Districts of the Future

When Brooklyn Heights was designated the very first New York City historic district in 1965, the architectural styles found there exemplified the types of buildings that the Landmark Preservation Commission saw as worthy of protection. While protecting classic federals and grand rowhouses has never gone out of style, over the past 50 years, the question of what types of buildings can be landmarked has slowly been re-examined. Beginning in 1973 with the designation of the SoHo Cast-Iron District, acceptance has slowly warmed to the potential diversity of historic districts, including with vernacular or industrial buildings. This panel will include a presentation of the evolution of historic districts by architectural historian Francis Morrone, before considering the issues of the present and future.  Panelist, including urban planner Paul Graziano and Gowanus advocate Marlene Donnelly will discuss potential historic districts, technological and bureaucratic  strategies  for looking ahead, and questions such as Can Gowanus ever be designated? and Is there a place for a historic district in suburban Queens?


Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM


22-25 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City


Cocktails at the Post Office: Adaptive Reuse of Public Institutions

New York City possesses a treasure trove of historic institutional buildings of grand character, which add immeasurably to our neighborhoods throughout the boroughs. Unfortunately, as schools, hospitals, libraries, police stations, post offices, and military facilities age, require modernization, or close, hard questions are raised about the next lives of these local landmarks.  After looking at the history of these buildings and early examples of how some have been preserved and repurposed successfully, the discussion will focus on current and future projects that aim to reinvent these spaces to maintain not only their iconic and landmark facades, but also their valued place as a neighborhood anchors. Dr. Jeffrey Kroessler, HDC board member and historian will begin the panel with a look at the last 50 years of preservation and reuse before the discussion of the present and future is considered by panelists Joseph Coppola, principal at Dattner Architects and Naomi Hersson-Ringskog , Executive Director of No Longer Empty.

Conference Tours

  1. Brooklyn Army Terminal: A Public Institution Transformed

-Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12PM

  1. Village Institutions

-Saturday, March 21, 2015

  1. Classical Culture at Carnegie Hall

-Saturday, March 28, 2015 11AM

  1. DUMBO and Fulton Ferry

-Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11AM

  1. Preserving West Chelsea                                                                                                               -Saturday April 18, 2015

For more information and to register for the tours click here 

Landmarks 50

A Rose for the Rose

Rose for the Rose


On Valentines Day, show some love for the 42nd Street Library.

Tell NYPL:  Return the books to the stacks and reopen the Rose Main Reading Room ASAP!

Saturday, February 14
Noon – 1:00 PM
5th Avenue entrance to the 42nd Street Library (at 5th Avenue and 41st Street)

Join Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir outside the 42nd Street Library this Saturday at noon to ask, Why is it taking so long to reopen the Rose Main Reading Room?  When will the books be returned to the stacks?  When will the NYPL trustees make their decision-making transparent to the public?
Show your love for the Rose Reading Room by wearing red and bringing a rose for the Rose.

The Rose Reading Room has been closed since June 2014, when a piece of the decorative ceiling crashed to the floor. It has taken NYPL over eight months just to erect scaffolding to start the inspection process. In the meantime, readers are crowded into small, poorly lit and poorly ventilated rooms with ad-hoc provision for computers.
In 2013, the New York Public Library Trustees hastily removed 3 million books from the stacks at 42nd Street to temporary storage in upstate New York. The books were then moved again to remote storage in central New Jersey. Many books that previously took minutes to obtain now take days. Books may have been lost or damaged in the shuffle making them unavailable to readers who rely on the library. Meanwhile, the historic seven-story tall book stacks in the 42nd St. building remain empty.


How long will the 42nd Street library continue with absent books and the Main Reading Room closed? Does NYPL care about its readers?


Come out on Valentine’s Day and tell NYPL:  New Yorkers care, we love our books and the Rose Main Reading Room!

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