The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1980 to support the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as well as to foster public awareness of preservation through educational outreach. The Foundation sponsors the Bronze Plaque, Historic District Markers and Street Sign programs, denoting historic districts in the five boroughs of the City.
Building on the past, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law in 2015. To mark this milestone, the Foundation planned a series of public programs and events. The Foundation formed a partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, for the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. The exhibition was launched with an important symposium made possible through the support of the Foundation.
In 2016, in keeping with our mission, our Annual Forum on May 5 focused on the theme PUBLIC WORKS with Bjarke Ingels and Thom Mayne in conversation with Nicolai Ouroussoff. Our highly anticipated “Lunch at a Landmark” was held on October 5 in a McKim, Mead & White landmark building with Honored Guest and Speaker Jean Nouvel. As a follow up to the Lunch, the Foundation hosted a screening of the documentary film, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, by Matt Trynauer in February 2017.
This past Fall, NYLPF participated in the celebration of:
Central Ridgewood Historic District in Queens with an “unveiling” ceremony and the addition of 84 terracotta Street Signs denoting the Historic District.
On December 5th, the Foundation “unveiled” the District Marker for Henderson Place Historic District in Yorkville, for the 21 surviving houses in the residential enclave built in 1880-82 .
We ended 2016 with a plaque ceremony at 116 East 55th Street, the William and Helen Ziegler House (now the SUNY Global Center) built in 1926-27.
Our Annual Forum on the topic of GROUNDSCAPE was held on Tuesday, April 4th. The speakers were Dominique Perrault, Amale Andraos, and moderator, Justin Davidson.
Our highly anticipated “Lunch at a Landmark” will take place on Thursday, October 5th, 2017.
We look forward to seeing you at our many educational outreach activities in 2017.
Christina R. Davis
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation