E-BULLETIN: Celebrating 50 years of the New York City Landmarks Law and the Landmarks Preservation Commission


April2013, Volume 10, Number 4

Marking Spaces: New York City’s Historic Districts on the Panorama of the City of New York

Preservation Now! 062Sunday, April 14,2013    3pm – 6pm

Please join us at the QueensMuseum of Art for an Opening Reception for a new exhibit showcasing New York City’s designated historic districts on the Panorama of the City of New York. This exhibit is part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the New York Landmarks Law.

This exhibition, conceived by the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee, is made possible through the cooperation of the Historic Districts Council, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee and the Queens Museum of Art through a generous grant from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.


 Nuts and Bolts! Four Centuries of Technical Preservation Issues in New York City Buildings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9a.m.-1:00 p.m.

TWA Beyer, Blinder, BelleJoin the Historic Districts Council on Wednesday, April 17th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for the 17th,18th and 19th Century Case Studies continuing education program.  This series will delve into some of New York’s architectural masterpieces from the 17th century to today.  From Ellis Island to the Orchard Beach Bath Houses; the professionals joining us for this program have extensive and diverse backgrounds and will be sharing their incredible knowledge and stories with us of some of New York’s most visited sites.  Joining us are: structural engineer Edmund Meade, Principal at Robert Silman Associates, P.C., Architect Richard Southwick FAIA, LEED AP, Director of Historic Preservation at Beyer Blinder Belle, Architect Walter B. Melvin, LLC, Founding Principal of Melvin Architects and Mary Jablonski, Principal & Conservator of Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc. More information to be provided shortly.



Attend this seminar and receive 4 New York State Continuing Education Credits /AIA credits!!! Please contact ashedd@hdc.org or 212.614.9107 with any inquires about the event.



 Secret Lives Tour: The Art and Murals of Hildreth Meière– Uptown and Downtown Tours

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Exclusive Secret Lives Tour: The Art and Murals of Hildreth Meière

Uptown Tour & Downtown Tour Tuesday, April 23 & Tuesday, May 8

Please contact ashedd@hdc.org or call 212-614-9107 with any questions.

Click HEREto purchase tickets.

Hildreth Meière (1892-1961) was a renowned Art Deco muralist, whose numerous commissions grace government and commercial buildings and houses of worship across the country.

Uptown Tour Locations:

• Temple Emanu-El- Arch Mosaics in Main Sanctuary

• St. Bartholomew’s Church – The Transfiguration, Half Dome of Apse

• Radio City Music Hall – Dance, Drama, and Song on Façade

Downtown Tour Locations:

• Red Banking Room at One Wall Street

• Landmarked lobby of the Walker-Lispenard Building

The Uptown Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00 p.mThe Downtown Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 1:00p.m.Uptown Tour: $125 for general public; $100 for Friends of HDC.Downtown Tour: $100 for public; $75 for Friends of HDC.$150 for both


Past Leaders Look To The Future:


Thursday, April 25th, 2013
6:30 p.m.
The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)

Click here to view the invitation

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You are invited to a panel discussion with the past Chairs of the LPC to explore the challenges and responsibilities facing the next Chair and the leadership required to help the agency navigate the future. The panel will include Beverly Moss Spatt, Kent Barwick, Gene Norman, Laurie Beckelman, Jennifer Raab, and Sherida Paulsen, and will be moderated by Liz McEnaney, who is currently interviewing the former Chairs as part of a large-scale oral history initiative undertaken by the New York Preservation Archive Project. Join us in a reflection upon administering nearly 50 years of the Landmarks Law and a look forward to the new Chair’s role in shaping the future of preservation in New York City.

Click here for more information

This event is free but space is limited.
RSVP to info@nypap.org.
Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, Historic Districts Council, the Fine Arts Federation, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, and The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York. This program is part of NYC Landmarks50, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Law.



2013 Six To Celebrate Tours

Have you been wondering how to explore and discover this great city over the summer? Well we have your answer join HDC on our fantastic walking/ bike tours of the Six To Celebrate neighborhoods. The tours will run from May through October.


The Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton, 53 Harrison Street

The Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton, 53 Harrison Street



Harrison Street, Staten Island

BUS/WALKING TOUR led by Barnett Shepherd, architectural historian

Saturday, May 11, 10:30AM

Please join us for a very special tour of some of the historic highlights of Staten Island.  The tour will begin at the St. George Terminal of the Staten Island Ferry, with bus transportation to Stapleton Heights, a designated historic district of extravagant early-19th to early-20th century Victorian-era mansions.  The bus will then continue to nearby Harrison Street, a mid-to-late-19th century residential enclave of modest houses designed in Italianate, Greek Revival, Second Empire and other Victorian-era styles.  The tour will offer an in-depth look at the history and development of this unique corner of the city and the vigorous efforts to preserve it.  Time permitting, we will also visit Fort Wadsworth for iconic views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and stop at the Alice Austen House museum on our way back to the ferry terminal.

For more information about the tours click here

For information about the 2013 STC click here

For information about the STC program click here

Don’t forget we have the 2012Walking Tour Brochuresare now available for sale on our website!!!!

Only $10 for all six brochures (shipping included).

To purchase the brochures click here.


Six to Celebrate is generously supported by The New York Community Trust. Support for the Six to Celebrate Tours and walking tour brochures is provided by 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 Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Vincent Gentile, Daniel Garodnick, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.


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