Preservation Now!: Free February Talks and Panels
Historic Districts Council’s 19th Annual Preservation Conference: Preservation Now!
Pre-Conference Panel Discussions:
As part of Preservation Now!,HDC is pleased to present panel discussions on emerging topics in preservation.
These programs are FREE but RSVP is required.
Wednesday, February 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advances in technology have changed the ways we can interpret the past, not only of the built environment but social and cultural history as well. New technologies are making it easier than ever to understand the political, social, cultural history and significance of the neighborhoods we walk through every day. This panel will address the topic of “Preservation and Technology” along with the emergence of current trends, issues and markets within the field.
Anthony Cocciolo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute in New York City.
Liz McEnaney is a cultural heritage consultant, co-founder of BLDG BLOK, a start-up that is creating a curated history of New York City, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University.
Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities. She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library. She holds a masters degree in urban planning from Columbia University and a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture.
Landmarks Law: The Backbone of Preservation
Wednesday, February 27, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
An often-hidden aspect of the preservation movement is its direct impact on people. Preservation attracts professional expertise, employs skilled craftspeople and encourages citizen activism. Join us to find out what professionals working in a range of fields have to say about the Landmarks Law and learn how it provides jobs, economic growth and supports standards in the building arts that are not always seen in new construction.
Daniel Karatzas, Associate Broker of Beaudoin Realty Group will discuss the role he played in designating the Jackson Heights Historic District, along with the positive impact the Landmarks Law has on the cultural and aesthetic components of the neighborhoods he deals with and represents.
Jeff Greene, President of EverGreene Architecture, a firm which specializes in the rehabilitation of historic buildings and fabrics and currently employs over 200 individuals who are true craftspeople within the field of the building arts. He will discuss how the Landmarks Law sustains his business and keeps his team employed. From restoring marble to conserving murals, these skilled workers are necessary for the survival of New York’s architectural gems.
David Richter of Boston Valley Terra Cotta, a manufacturing firm that recreates decorative blocks for both pre-existing and new buildings, will discuss how the firm allows for individuals with specialized preservation skills to maintain the fabric of buildings such as the Woolworth and The McGraw Hill Building. He will also discuss how the guidelines of the Landmarks Law uphold a level of mastery and artistry that is too often overlooked in new building construction.
These discussions will be held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center located at 232 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003. Admission is free but an RSVP is required. This schedule is subject to change. To RSVP, please email Ashley Shedd at [email protected]