Preserving New York

Author: Anthony Wood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136766081
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Preserving New York is the largely unknown inspiring story of the origins of New York City’s nationally acclaimed landmarks law. The decades of struggle behind the law, its intellectual origins, the men and women who fought for it, the forces that shaped it, and the buildings lost and saved on the way to its ultimate passage, span from 1913 to 1965. Intended for the interested public as well as students of New York City history, architecture, and preservation itself, over 100 illustrations help reveal a history richer and more complex than the accepted myth that the landmarks law sprang from the wreckage of the great Pennsylvania Station. Images include those by noted historic photographers as well as those from newspaper accounts of the time. Forgotten civic leaders such as Albert S. Bard and lost buildings including the Brokaw Mansions, are unveiled in an extensively researched narrative bringing this essential episode in New York’s history to future generations tasked with protecting the city’s landmarks. For the first time, the story of how New York won the right to protect its treasured buildings, neighborhoods and special places is brought together to enjoy, inform, and inspire all who love New York.

Preserving South Street Seaport

Author: James M. Lindgren
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479853941
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Preserving South Street Seaport tells the fascinating story, from the 1960s to the present, of the South Street Seaport District of Lower Manhattan. Home to the original Fulton Fish Market and then the South Street Seaport Museum, it is one of the last neighborhoods of late 18th- and early 19th-century New York City not to be destroyed by urban development. In 1988, South Street Seaport became the city's #1 destination for visitors. Featuring over 40 archival and contemporary black-and-white photographs, this is the first history of a remarkable historic district and maritime museum. Lindgren skillfully tells the complex story of this unique cobblestoned neighborhood. Comprised of deteriorating, 4-5 story buildings in what was known as the Fulton Fish Market, the neighborhood was earmarked for the erection of the World Trade Center until New Jersey forced its placement one mile westward. After Penn Station’s demolition had angered many New York citizens, preservationists mobilized in 1966 to save this last piece of Manhattan’s old port and recreate its fabled 19th-century “Street of Ships.” The South Street Seaport and the World Trade Center became the yin and yang of Lower Manhattan’s rebirth. In an unprecedented move, City Hall designated the museum as developer of the twelve-block urban renewal district. However, the Seaport Museum,whose membership became the largest of any history museum in the city, was never adequately funded, and it suffered with the real estate collapse of 1972. The city, bankers, and state bought the museum’s fifty buildings and leased them back at terms that crippled the museum financially. That led to the controversial construction of the Rouse Company's New Fulton Market (1983) and Pier 17 mall (1985). Lindgren chronicles these years of struggle, as the defenders of the people-oriented museum and historic district tried to save the original streets and buildings and the largest fleet of historic ships in the country from the schemes of developers, bankers, politicians, and even museum administrators. Though the Seaport Museum’s finances were always tenuous, the neighborhood and the museum were improving until the tragedy of 9/11. But the prolonged recovery brought on dysfunctional museum managers and indifference, if not hostility, from City Hall. Superstorm Sandy then dealt a crushing blow. Today, the future of this pioneering museum, designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, is in doubt, as its waterfront district is eyed by powerful commercial developers. While Preserving South Street Seaport reveals the pitfalls of privatizing urban renewal, developing museum-corporate partnerships, and introducing a professional regimen over a people’s movement, it also tells the story of how a seedy, decrepit piece of waterfront became a wonderful venue for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to enjoy. This book will appeal to a wide audience of readers in the history and practice of museums, historic preservation, urban history and urban development, and contemporary New York City. This book is supported by a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Historic Preservation

Author: Michael A. Tomlan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319049755
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This well-illustrated book offers an up-to-date synthesis of the field of historic preservation, cast as a social campaign concerned with the condition, treatment and use of the legacy of existing properties in the United States. Drawing on a wide range of research, experience and scholarship over the last fifty years, it allows us to re-think past and current ideas in preservation, challenging readers to explore how their own interests lie within the cognitive framework of the activities taking place with people who care. “Who” is involved is explored first, in such a way as to explore “why”, before examining “what” is deemed important. After that the questions of “when” and “how” to proceed are given attention. The major topics are introduced in an historical review through the mid-1980s, after which the broad intellectual basis and fundamental legal framework is provided. The economic shifts associated with major demographic changes are explored, in tandem with responses of the preservation community. A chapter is dedicated to the financial challenges and sources of revenue available in typical preservation projects, and another chapter focuses on the manner in which seeing, recording, and interpreting information provides the context for an appropriate vision for the future. In this regard, it is made clear that not all “green” design alternatives are preservation-sensitive. The advocacy battles during the last few decades provide a number of short stories of the ethical battles regarding below-ground and above ground historic resources, and the eighth chapter attempts to explain why religion has been long held at arm’s length in publicly-supported preservation efforts, when in fact, it holds more potential to regenerate existing sites than any governmental program.

The Landmarks Of New York

Author: Barbaralee Diamonstein
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781580931540
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The Landmarks of New York is a definitive resource on the architectural history of the city, documenting and illustrating more than 1,100 buildings that have been accorded landmark status over the past forty years. Organized chronologically, the book presents a panorama of styles and building types -- simple colonial farmhouses, churches, Gilded Age mansions, and the great skyscrapers of the city skyline. Landmarks and Historic Districts are located in all five boroughs, and each has a distinctive character and history, which is recorded here. The book celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which was created in 1965 in response to the destruction of the renowned Pennsylvania Station. An accompanying exhibition of one hundred photographs from the book is traveling to New York, Chicago, Miami, and thirty-five international venues.

Preserving The World S Great Cities

Author: Anthony M. Tung
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN:
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A wide-ranging study of architectural and cultural preservation in the world's great urban centers examines the devastating impact of war, economics, and indifference on the great cities and efforts throughout China, the U.S. Japan, Europe, and elsewhere to restore and preserve buildings and landmarks. 15,000 first printing.

Saving Place

Author: Donald Albrecht
Publisher: Monacelli Press
ISBN: 9781580934312
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The destruction of McKim Mead & White's monumental Penn Station in the mid-1960s was the catalyst for the adoption of the "Landmarks Law," which established the parameters for protecting and preserving buildings and places that represent New York City's cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history. Today there are more than 31,000 landmark properties in New York City, most of which are located in 111 historic districts in all five boroughs. The total number of protected sites also includes 1,338 individual landmark buildings, 117 interior landmarks and 10 scenic landmarks. How these sites were chosen, how landmarking has impacted the fabric of the city, and what the future holds are the subject of Saving Place. The story unfolds in essays by notable New Yorkers and preservationists: Robert A. M. Stern, Francoise Bollack, Andrew S. Dolkart, Anthony C. Wood, Claudette Brady, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor. Complementing the text is a specially commissioned portfolio of views of selected historic districts and landmark buildings by the distinguished Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan.

Evidence And Innovation In Housing Law And Policy

Author: Lee Anne Fennell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107164923
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No area of law and policy is more central to our well-being than housing, yet research on the topic is too often produced in disciplinary or methodological silos that fail to connect to policy on the ground. This pathbreaking book, which features leading scholars from a range of academic fields, cuts across disciplines to forge new connections in the discourse. In accessible prose filled with cutting-edge ideas, these scholars address topics ranging from the recent financial crisis to discrimination and gentrification and show how housing law and policy impacts household wealth, financial markets, urban landscapes, and local communities. Together, they harness evidence and theory to capture the 'state of play' in housing, generating insights that will be relevant to academics and policymakers alike. This title is also available as Open Access.

The Protection Of Historic Properties

Author: Consuelo Olimpia Sanz Salla
Publisher: WIT Press
ISBN: 1845644042
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The book will focus on international and national regulation of industrial heritage sites, from an eminently practical viewpoint it will include studies of the Unesco rules, European Union regulation and Spanish law. It will then centre on a practical application of the law to the preservation of the industrial heritage of the Valencia region, with special emphasis on two major sites: The Sagunto Cement Factory and the Traditional Methods of Production for the Production of Ceramic Tiles.

Bending The Future

Author: Max Page
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781625342140
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The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the cornerstone of historic preservation policy and practice in the United States. The act established the National Register of Historic Places, a national system of state preservation offices and local commissions, set up federal partnerships between states and tribes, and led to the formation of the standards for preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures. This book marks its fiftieth anniversary by collecting fifty new and provocative essays that chart the future of preservation. The commentators include leading preservation professionals, historians, writers, activists, journalists, architects, and urbanists. The essays offer a distinct vision for the future and address related questions, including, Who is a preservationist? What should be preserved? Why? How? What stories do we tell in preservation? How does preservation contribute to the financial, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of communities? And if the "arc of the moral universe... bends towards justice," how can preservation be a tool for achieving a more just society and world?

The Past And Future City

Author: Stephanie Meeks
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 161091709X
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"In The Past and Future City, Stephanie Meeks, the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes in detail, and with unique empirical research, the many ways that saving and restoring historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy. She explains the critical importance of preservation for all our communities, the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now"--Provided by publisher.