2023 Landmarks Lion Award: Michael Devonshire – Nov. 15

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November 15, 2023
6:30 PM 
The View at The Battery, 1 Battery Place

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As it has for more than 20 years, the Historic Districts Council honors a special New Yorker who has made a particularly significant contribution to the celebration and preservation of New York City. This year, HDC is delighted to present Michael Devonshire with the Landmarks Lion Award at our annual gala in November 2023. You are invited to help celebrate Michael by becoming a member of the Landmarks Lion Benefit Committee.

Michael’s long and illustrious career has spanned many significant roles, most notably as a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commissioner for more than a decade (2010-2023). Michael played an indispensable role at the Commission as a strong advocate for the City’s landmarks and historic buildings, leading the way with his incredible technical expertise on building construction and materials that was often referenced and called upon by fellow commissioners. Michael is known for his unwavering commitment to the preservation ethic and his role as an independent thinker during his time on the Commission.

Michael is also being recognized for his other stellar work in the preservation field, including his longtime role as Director of Conservation at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates. With Michael’s leadership, the firm undertook award-winning restoration work on such renowned landmarks as the Battery Maritime Building, Schermerhorn Row, Merchant’s House Museum, and the Hunterfly Road Houses at Weeksville Heritage Center, contributing greatly to New York’s built environment. In addition, he has served on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, among many others, as well as teaching for decades at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Your support in joining the Benefit Committee will truly celebrate Michael’s remarkable contributions to New York City and beyond. Joining the committee will also ensure that HDC is able to continue our valuable work with more than 500 communities and neighborhoods to preserve, protect, and celebrate New York’s historic places.

It will be a great pleasure to see you at the Landmarks Lion gala this fall. All of us at HDC thank you for your support.


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Benefit Committee

(List in formation)

John M. Bacon
Françoise Astorg Bollack and Tom Killian
Colleagues from the Center for Building Conservation
Franny Eberhart
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
Janet C. Ross
Walter B. Melvin Architects

AKRF, Inc.
Allen Architectural Metals
Penelope Bareau
The Brooklyn Studio
Essex Works Ltd.
Fradkin McAlpin Architects
Christabel Gough
Roberta Brandes Gratz
Green-Wood Cemetery
Henson Architects
Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
Hiller, PC
Jablonski Building Conservation
Christopher W. London
Peter Pennoyer Architects
PRESERV Building Restoration
Thomas A. Fenniman Architect
Thornton Tomasetti
West New York Restoration of CT, Inc.

Leo Blackman
Rita C. Chu
Michael Goldblum
Brenda Levin
Lloyd P. Zuckerberg

A. Ottavino Corp.
Lisa Ackerman
Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC
Erica Avrami
Angel Ayón
Frederick Bland
Peter Bray
Hal Bromm & Don Meris
George L. Calderaro
Diana Chapin
Derek Dandurand
Andrew Scott Dolkart
Daniel Donovan
Lynn Ellsworth and William Duggan
Anna May and Tim Feige
Jean Golden
Elizabeth and David Goldfarb
Elizabeth Goldstein, Municipal Art Society
Law Offices of
Alison Greenberg, LLC
Laura Heim Architect PLLC
Anne Holford-Smith
Susan Hopper
Robert Kornfield Jr., AIA
David Kubik, BKSK Architects
Kim Lovejoy
Edward T. Mohylowski
Kathleen Monaghan
Patrick Murphy
James Nichols
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Columbia University Historic Preservation Program
Raymond Pepi
Jean Prabhu
Lois Rakoff
Lori and Peter Redell
Judith Saltzman
Christopher Shyer
Richard Southwick
Susan E. Sullivan
Susan Tunick
James Wagman
Charles D. Warren
The Woodlawn Cemetery
and Conservancy
Anthony C. Wood
Caroline Rob Zaleski

Also, a special thank you to our additional donors:
Peg Breen, The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Kelly Carroll
Julia Charles
Carol Clark and Kyle Johnson
Diane Cleary
Heide-Rose Funk Cleary
Diane Coffey
Matthew Coody
John Gustaffson
Rachel Levy
Jane McGroarty, AIA
John D. Metcalfe
Pauline C. Metcalf
Lorna Nowvé
Robert Ohlerking
Nancy and Otis Pearsall
Anthony Robins
Dana Schulz
Thomas Spath
Jay Shockley, Ken Lustbader, and Gale Harris
Keith Taylor, Sr.
Elizabeth Wayktus
Fred Wistow
Jeremy Woodoff

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