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Fri, Apr 24, 2015 2:00pm –


Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
at 103rd St
New York  New York  10029
United States
Arts Initiative at Columbia University

Museum Meetup: Saving Place at MCNY with Professor Andrew Dolkart

Join the Arts Initiative for our Museum Meetup at the Museum of the City of New York on Friday, April 24. Enjoy a guided tour of MCNY's new exhibit Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks. The tour will be led by Columbia Professor Andrew S. Dolkart, who helped organize the exhibit.

Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. 

Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation, is a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia's Historic Preservation Program. He has been active in historic preservation in New York City for over thirty years, as a staff member at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as a freelance consultant, and as a teacher. He has worked extensively with neighborhood groups on preservation efforts and has completed scores of National Register nominations, Landmark Commission designation reports, historic resource surveys for environmental reviews, and urban cultural resource inventories. Andrew has also written extensively about his passion, the architecture and development of New York City, focusing in particular on the city's everyday, vernacular building types. At Columbia, Andrew teaches classes in American architecture and in the architecture and development of New York City, as well as Historic Preservation Studio.

This Museum Meetup is open only to current students of Columbia University.