Preservation Conference: New Design + Old Places


The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods. For more than forty years HDC has worked to ensure the preservation of significant historic neighborhoods, buildings and open spaces, to uphold the integrity of the Landmarks Law and to further the preservation ethic.


Friday, March 7, 2014

HDC Design Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception



4 Columbus Circle

Southwest corner of West 58th Street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan

$35/person/ $30/person for Friends of HDC, Students, Seniors


New Design + Old Places

The Historic Districts Council is pleased to launch a new program in 2014, the HDC Design Awards, which is the centerpiece for this year’s conference.

The purpose of the awards program is to celebrate projects broadening perceptions of the possibilities of design in historic settings. Historic buildings and districts change over time: an important part of HDC’s mission is to encourage changes of high quality.  To that end, our Public Review Committee monitors proposed alterations to designated neighborhoods and individual landmarks and testifies at every Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing. The Design Awards will showcase the best of what has been done, including alterations within historic districts and to historic buildings wherever in the city they may be, and thereby encourage more high quality design.

The Conference will expand this discourse with lectures and panels, including presentations and discussion by Design Award winners, critics, architects and advocates. In the end, all attendees should come away better-informed about the convergence between new work and historic buildings and how it can produce exciting, appropriate and coherent entities.

The Conference consists of two morning presentations and panel discussions. The Design Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception will take place the previous evening, and HDC has organized related tours and special programming throughout the year.

During the Conference, attendees will also hear directly from local advocates who are working directly on neighborhood-based preservation campaigns, including those impacting new design. Selected groups will present relevant projects and programs as part of HDC’s Annual Preservation Fair in the gallery adjoining the Conference auditorium throughout the morning.

HDC Design Awards Ceremony

The inaugural HDC Design Awards will be presented by jury chair James Stewart Polshek, FAIA. The ceremony will be followed by a reception where attendees can meet the awardees and view their projects.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Conference and Preservation Fair

New York Law School

185 West Broadway at Leonard Street, Manhattan

$35/person/$25/person for Friends of HDC, Seniors* Free/student* (with valid school ID)

*Includes continental breakfast

Conference Panels


Registration, Coffee, and Preservation Fair

During the coffee and registration hour attendees will meet with civic and community-based groups who are working on neighborhood-based preservation campaigns. More than a dozen organizations will present their current efforts, including posters, images, postcards, petitions, brochures and other educational and advocacy literature. Come meet your fellow preservationists and learn about efforts to preserve our city.



HDC Design Awards Presentations

Following the previous evening’s award ceremony, attendees at this panel will hear from the award winners themselves about their projects. Awardees will discuss the design challenges, strategies and solutions for each case. An ample question and answer period will allow for a full discussion with the audience on the specifics of projects and design philosophy, allowing the lessons of each project to be considered by communities across the city. This panel will be moderated by Alan G. Brake, executive editor, The Architect’s Newspaper and an HDC Design Awards juror.



Break and Preservation Fair



What is “Good” Design? Appropriateness and Context

Taking the ideas generated from the HDC Design Awards presentations and applying them citywide, a distinguished group of critics, architects and advocates will examine the specific issue of appropriateness and contextual design in New York City’s designated historic districts and beyond. Understanding how new design fits in an old neighborhood, panelists will present some of their favorite (and least favorite!) examples of contextual design and discuss the idea of “appropriateness” and its applicability. Speakers for the panel include Matt Chaban, Real Estate Editor of the  New york Daily News; Stephen Byrns, partner at BKSK Architects, a former NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner and chair of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy; and Mel Wymore, community activist and former chair of Manhattan Community Board 7.



In a repeat of last’s year popular program, HDC will offer a free walking tour of the Tribeca neighborhood adjacent to the New York Law School immediately following the conference. This short tour will examine the changes over time in Tribeca, focusing on both new construction within the designated historic district and as well as looking at some areas that were excluded from the original historic district designations. Tribeca was one of HDC’s 2013 Six to Celebrate. Meet for the tour in the front lobby of New York Law School. Space is limited.


Related Conference Programs:

Walking Tours

Meeting times, locations and directions for tours will be provided upon registration. Tours generally begin between 11am and 1pm and last approximately two hours.


Brooklyn Academy of Music as New Design

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 11am

Join HDC and 2013 HDC Landmarks Lion recipient Hugh Hardy, as we visit several Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) interiors and exteriors, which were renovated, restored and reused under the guidance of Hardy, an architect of many theatrical spaces. Attendees will see the award-winning and unusual interior renovation of the BAM Harvey, discuss the exterior restoration at the Gilman Opera House and have a chance to view the new flexible theater spaces at BAM Fisher, itself an adaptation of a landmarked building. The tour will be followed by a discussion with Hardy and Sharon Lehner, archivist of BAM, about the history and evolution of the BAM cultural campus.

$25/person/$20 for Friends of HDC/Seniors/Students

 Additional tickests may  be available call 212-614-9107 or email [email protected]  to find out


Modern Interventions in Park Slope

Sunday, March 30, 2014

While there is rarely room in Brooklyn’s Park Slope Historic District for an entire new building, that doesn’t mean there are not a myriad of examples of modern additions and alterations to historic structures. Join tour leader Matt Postal as he highlights some of the contemporary responses in this largely residential community, both inside and outside the designated historic district.

$10/person/$5 for Friends of HDC/Seniors/Students


Brooklyn Heights Historic District at Nearly 50

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brooklyn Heights was the very first historic district in New York City, designated in 1965. In the decades since, this largely residential enclave has seen numerous additions and alterations to its diverse stock of row houses, distinguished churches and cultural landmarks. Join our guides, urban historians Francis Morrone and Liz McEnaney, to explore what new design looks like among the bricks and brownstones of New York’s oldest historic district.

$10/person/$5 for Friends of HDC/Seniors/Students


Douglaston’s New Designs

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Douglaston Historic District is one of the preeminent examples of suburban-style housing with large, free-standing homes in a range of architectural styles. The houses are made more impressive by their sizable lots and mature greenery. The arcadian and expansive nature of the community has allowed for many new buildings to be constructed while still maintaining the historic character of the neighborhood. Join Kevin Wolfe, an HDC adviser and the architect of numerous new buildings within the district, as he presents some of his own landmarks-approved projects and discusses what appropriateness means in Douglaston.

$10/person/$5 for Friends of HDC/Seniors/Students

Conference Tours


Conference CO-SPONSORS & Neighborhood Partners

Addisleigh Park Civic Organization

Alice Austen House Museum

The All Faiths Restoration & Beautification Program

American Planning Association, New York Metro Chapter

Art Deco Society of New York

Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District

Auburndale Improvement Association

The Battery Conservancy

Bay Improvement Group

Bay Ridge Conservancy

Bay Ridge Historical Society

Bayside Historical Society

Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association

The Beaux Arts Alliance

Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation

Beverly Square East Neighborhood Association

Beverly Square West Association

Bicycle Transportation Action

Boerum Hill Association

Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

Bowne House Historical Society

Bridge Plaza Civic Association

Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association

Bronx Historical Society

Bronx Landmarks Taskforce

Bronx Parks 125 Anniversary Committee

Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation

Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger

Brooklyn Heights Association

Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

Brownstone Revival Coalition of New York

Carnegie Hill Neighbors

Carroll Gardens Association

Carroll Gardens Landmark Committee

Caton Park Neighborhood Association

Central Queens Historical Association

Central Village Block Association

Chester Court Block Association

City Island Historical Society

Citizens of Agate Court

Citizens for Cambridge/Oxford Historic District

Citizens Defending Libraries

Civic Association of Mid-Manhattan


Clay Avenue Historic District

Cobble Hill Association

Committee for Environmentally Sound Development

Committee to Save the New York Public Library

Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights

Concerned Citizens of Laurelton

Council of Chelsea Block Associations

Council Member Vincent Gentile’s Preservation Committee

Crow Hill Community Association

Crown Heights North Association

Decker Avenue Civic Association

Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side

Design Trust for Public Space

Ditmas Park Association

Ditmas Park West Neighborhood Association

Docomomo US

Douglaston/Little Neck Historical Society

The Drive to Protect the Ladies’ Mile District

Duffield Street Block Association

DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

East 7th Street Block Association

East 12th Street Block Association

East 60s Property Owners Association

East 79th Street Neighborhood Association

East 83rd/84th Street Block Association

East 84th Street Neighborhood Association

East 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association

East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association

East Harlem Historical Organization

East Harlem Preservation

East Midtown Coalition for Sensible Development

East Village Community Coalition

East Village History Project

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality

Fine Arts Federation

Fiske Terrace Association

Flatbush Development Corporation

The Floyd Bennett Field Task Force

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Conservancy

Forest Close Association

Fort Greene Association

Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association

Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance

Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island

Friends of Abe Lebewohl Park

Friends of Brook Park

Friends of First Avenue Estate

Friends of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Friends of the Lamartine Place

Friends of the Lower East Side

Friends of the Lower West Side

Friends of Petrosino Square

Friends of Sunset Park

Friends of Terra Cotta

Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

FROGG: Friends & Residents of Greater Gowanus

Fulton Ferry Landing Association

Fund for Park Avenue

Glendale Civic Association

Gramercy Neighborhood Associates

Gramercy Park Block Association

Greater Astoria Historical Society

Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation

Greenwich Village Community Task Force

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

The Green-Wood Cemetery

Halsey Street-Arlington Place Progressive Block Association

Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization

Harlem Preservation Foundation

Henderson Place Historic District Association

High Bridge Coalition

Highlands Historic Preservation

Historic House Trust of New York City

Historic Landmarks Preservation Center

Historic Neighborhood Enhancement Alliance

Historic Park Avenue

Historic Richmond Town

Historic Wallabout Association

Hope Community

Independent Friends of McCarren Park

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Jackson Heights Action Group

Jackson Heights Beautification Group

Jackson Heights Garden City Society

Juniper Park Civic Association

Kew Gardens Civic Association

King Manor Museum

Kissena Park Civic Association

Landmark West!

Lefferts Manor Association

Liberty Park Homeowners Association

Long Island City Alliance

Long Island City Interblock Association

Longwood Historic District Community Association

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Lower East Side Business Improvement District

Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Maple Grove Cemetery

Merchant’s House Museum

Metropolitan Historic Structures Association

Metropolitan Museum Historic District Coalition

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Middle Village Owners & Residents

Midwood Park Homeowners Association

Modern Architecture Working Group

Morningside Heights Historic District Committee

Mott Haven Historical Society

Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association

Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton

Municipal Art Society

Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Museum of the City of New York

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City

Neighborhood Preservation Center

Newtown Historical Society

The New York Landmarks Conservancy

New York Marble Cemetery

New York Preservation Alliance

New York Preservation Archive Project

93rd Street Beautification Association

97th Street Block Association

NoHo Manhattan

NoHo NY Business Improvement District

The North Shore Waterfront Greenway

Ocean on the Park Block Preservation Association

Olinville Taxpayers & Civic Associations

122 Block Association

138th Street Block Association

Park Slope Civic Council

Parkway Village Historical Society

Parkway Village Landmark Committee

Place Matters

The Poppenhusen Institute

Pratt Area Community Council

Pratt Center for Community Development

Preservation Greenpoint

Preservation League of New York State

Preservation League of Staten Island

Preserve & Protect

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Prospect Park South Association

Queens Civic Congress

Queens County Farm Museum

Queens Historical Society

Queens Jewish Historical Society

Queens Preservation Council

Red Hook Civic Association

Rego-Forest Preservation Council

Richmond Hill Historical Society

Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Association

Roebling Chapter, Society for Industrial Archeology

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Sandy Ground Historical Society

Save America’s Clocks

Save Coney Island

Save the Landmarks

Save the Pennsylvania Hotel

Sea View Historic Foundation

Senator Street Historic District

Society for the Architecture of the City

Society for Clinton Hill

Society for the Preservation of Weeksville & Bedford-Stuyvesant

SoHo Alliance

South Midwood Residents Association

South Village Landmark Association

St. George Civic Association

St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund

Staten Island Historical Society

Staten Island Museum

Stockholm Street Block Association

Stuyvesant East Preservation Action League

Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association

Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee

Sustainable South Bronx

Sustainable Yards

Sutton Area Community

10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association

Tottenville Historical Society

Tribeca Community Association

Tribeca Trust

Trust for Architectural Easements

Tudor City Association

Turtle Bay Association

22 Street East Block Association

23rd Street Association

29th Street Neighborhood Association

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

Union Square Community Coalition

Van Cortlandt Manor

Van Duzer Street Civic Association

Victorian Society New York

Village Alliance Business Improvement District

Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association

The Waterfront Museum

Weeksville Heritage Center

West 15th/16th Street Association

West 54th-55th Street Block Association

West 80s Neighborhood Association

West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation

West Brighton Restoration Society

West Cunningham Park Civic Association

West End Preservation Society

West Midwood Community Association

West Village Committee

Westerleigh Improvement Society

Westsiders for Public Participation

Williamsburg Greenpoint Preservation Alliance

Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society

World Monuments Fund

Yorkville/Kleindeutschland Historical Society


The 20th Annual Preservation Conference is co-sponsored by HDC’s Neighborhood Partners, more than 500 community-based organizations across the city. Support is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Sara Gonzalez, Stephen Levin, and Rosie Mendez.

Support for the HDC Design Awards is provided, in part, by The Architect’s Newspaper, Steelcase, Leo Blackman & Ken Monteiro, Francoise Bollack & Tom Killian, and Anna May & Tim Feige




















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