The General Society Landmarks Lectures are presented in partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The Landmarks lectures focus on the origin, development, and restoration of New York City’s built environment, and celebrate the art and architecture of the City. Lisa Easton, a partner in the New York City based architecture and historic preservation firm, Easton Architects, curates the series.

Tuesday, March 20th at 6.30 p.m. – Andrew Scott Dolkart, Professor of Historic Preservation,
Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Creation of New York’s Garment District

Andrew Dolkart will speak about the creation of New York’s Garment District, the subject of a book that he is writing. New York City is closely associated with garment manufacturing. Indeed, in the first six decades of the 20th century almost all of the clothing worn by American women was manufactured in New York and tens of thousands of New Yorkers were employed in the various branches of the industry. Yet little is known about the physical form of the Garment District. This talk will explore how and why the Garment District settled in the Seventh Avenue area north of 34th Street and what characterized the industry and its architecture.  For tickets, please click here.

 Tuesday April 17th at 6:30 p.m. – Lisa Kersavage, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Planning, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, LPC’s Historic District Data Project

Lisa Kersavage will discuss the LPC’s Historic District Data Project and enhanced web mapping. The LPC has compiled detailed information on each of the nearly 34,000 historic buildings located within the City’s 141 historic districts and released the information in an enhanced web map. Lisa will describe the project, demonstrate how the public can use the information in the web map and discuss how this information and other data is incorporated into the agency’s historic resource analysis and strategic planning. 

Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Joan Berkowitz, Senior Preservationist and Carolyn Caste, Director of Facade Compliance, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, Reflections on 35 years of Façade Inspections

Joan Berkowitz, and Carolyn Caste will focus on NYC’s “Façade Inspection Safety Program” (FISP). They will illustrate how this law affects New York’s historic building stock and see examples of the deterioration found above NYC’s streets.  More than 12,000 buildings are affected by NY’s façade ordinance, previously known as Local Law 10 and 11. Ms. Berkowitz and Ms. Caste will explain: how the FISP Program works; what an inspection includes; describe some of the most interesting conditions found with examples of concealed deterioration and the interventions designed to correct them.  For tickets please click here.

Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. –  Meisha Hunter, Li/Saltzman, The 119th Street Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse: Repurposing Small Scale, Historic Infrastructure                                                                      

Meisha Hunter will describe how once small scale, historic infrastructure loses its purpose-built use, the challenges of reuse become complex. Issues of balancing the preservation of historic fabric, while accommodating new programmatic uses, code and other requirements must be addressed sensitively. Efforts must be coordinated with municipal agencies, elected officials, community groups, and stewards. Funding for micro-interventions, conditions assessments, treatment recommendations, rehabilitation and new construction must be sought. The 119th Street Gatehouse, a project of the Waterline Team, offers a fascinating lens through which to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in catalyzing support for and visioning the reuse of an enigmatic building.  For tickets, please click here.

The Lectures start at 6:30 pm in The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City.  Reception to follow.  Advance registration is required.  $15 General admission; $10 General Society members, NY Landmarks Conservancy Members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students.  

1.0 AIA LU credit is available for qualifying participants.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.  We would also like to acknowledge the promotional support of New York Landmarks Conservancy.

   

The 2017 Landmarks Lectures were:

Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. – Julie L. Sloan, Consultants in Stained Glass, New York: Birth Place of American Stained Glass

Stained glass expert, Julie Sloan, will describe the history and development of stained glass in New York City. Until the turn of the 19th century, New York was the center of production and innovation for this medieval craft. Here, both a traditional, and a secular demand, expanded the market and enticed the participation of artists. Examples of stained glass from every era still survive in New York, telling this exciting story, with work by the Dutch glazier Evert Duykinck and the Gothic Revival designs of Richard Upjohn and William Jay Bolton, to the iridescent glories of Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Although the center of the business left the city in the 20th century, superb examples of modern stained glass are also found here, such as the ethereal azures of Marc Chagall’s windows for the United Nations.

Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. – Robert C. Bates, Principal 
Walter B. Melvin Architects,                                                                                    Cast Iron Restoration at Soho Landmark – Donald Judd’s Home and Studio-A Case Study

Robert Bates will discuss the removal of the architectural cast iron from the facade of 101 Spring Street which revealed the complexities of the structural systems hidden beneath. Over 1300 pieces of decorative cast iron were removed, catalogued, refurbished and reinstalled. A restored cornice and new wood windows, along with a full interior renovation, completed the comprehensive restoration of this SoHo Landmark.

Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m – Mary Kay Judy, Architectural and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Historic Gilded Age Mansion Interior Restoration

In her lecture, Mary Kay Judy will document the recent history of the restoration of a New York City historic gilded age mansion interior of a private house. Ms. Judy is an architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant with nearly twenty years of national and international practice in the field. Her career has focused on both the documentation of architectural history and technical conservation treatments for long-term, sustainable preservation.

In her lecture, Mary Kay Judy will document the recent history of the restoration of a New York City historic gilded age mansion interior of a private house. Ms. Judy is an architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant with nearly twenty years of national and international practice in the field. Her career has focused on both the documentation of architectural history and technical conservation treatments for long-term, sustainable preservation.

Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. – Derek Trelstad, Associate, Silman Structural Engineers
More Than Dull, Dusty, and Old: Get to Know the Hidden Landmarks in Your Floor



Landmarks are more than grand spaces and historic finishes. While infrequently seen – except mid-renovation – seemingly mundane archaic structural systems, including the once commonly specified floor assemblies that incorporated terra cotta and cinder concrete, are an important part of the history of technology. But what sometimes gets lost in that story is the narrative that tells of the determination and inventiveness of the people who developed the systems and the continuing value of the approach they took to demonstrating the merit of what they produced. 

1.0 AIA LU credit is available for qualifying participants for the March 28th, April 18th and May 16th Lectures.

The Lectures start at 6:30 pm in The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City. Reception to follow. Advance registration is necessary. $15 General admission; $10 General Society members, NY Landmarks Conservancy Members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students. To register please click here.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. We would also like to acknowledge the support of New York Landmarks Conservancy .

 Please scroll down to see our Landmark Lectures from the winter/spring of 2016 – many of these lectures can be viewed on our YouTube Channel)

The Landmark lectures focus on the origins, development, and restoration of New York City’s built environment, and celebrate the art and architecture of the City. Lisa Easton, a partner in the New York City based architecture and historic preservation firm, Easton Architects curates the series.  The following Landmark lectures took place in the Winter/Spring of 2016:

Tuesday, February 16 – Film Screening of Modern Ruin with film-maker Matthew Silva 

The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the 1960’s. This fascinating and warmly-received film tells the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60’s concert venue and 70’s roller rink, including the years of neglect and the recent growing advocacy efforts to save and re-purpose the structure.

Matthew Silva is a teacher, filmmaker, and co-founder of People For the Pavilion, an organization dedicated to preserving the New York State Pavilion. Since 2012, Matthew has worked by way of art and social media to raise interest and change public perception for what is possible for the Pavilion. With support from a strong social media community and a coalition of various New York based civic, advocacy, and cultural institutions, he produced the 2015 documentary film Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion which chronicles the history of Philip Johnson’s Pavilion from the fair, through ruin, to present day advocacy.   After the film’s screening, there will be a short Q&A with Mr. Silva.

Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. – Nancy R. Hudson, Robert Silman Associates, Renovations at the Guggenheim Museum

Nancy Hudson, Structural Engineer with Robert Silman Associates, will discuss the intricate and delicate renovations at the Guggenheim that extended over three years. To remain faithful to Frank Lloyd Wright’s original intent, many compromises needed to be made with materials used in the reconstruction.

Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m Glenn Boornazian, Integrated Conservation Resources, The Development of Architectural Conservation Programs for Mid-Century Modern Structures

Glenn Boornazian, President and Principal Architectural Conservator for Integrated Conservation Resources will discuss the role that architectural conservation plays in the development of conservation programs for mid-century modern structures. Mr. Boornazian will cite a number of recent ICR projects including the Saarinen TWA building, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, and Wright’s Florida Southern College.

 Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m.  Richard W. Southwick, Partner, Director of Historic Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle, Life, Death and Rebirth of the TWA Flight Center

Vacant for nearly 15 years, the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center is proposed to be adapted to a new hotel, restaurant and conference center facility. In his lecture Richard Southwick will explore the historic context in which the TWA Terminal was designed as a centerpiece of JFK International Airport and the design process Saarinen undertook for the building and its critical acclaim signifying it as a Modern Icon. Opened in 1962 at the advent of the jet age, the building was effectively obsolete within a decade due to the rapid advances within the aviation industry. The talk will examine the storied and troubled history of TWA which led to the preservation efforts to save the building, the recent restoration of the Flight Center and the development process resulting in the current design proposal.

Advance registration is suggested. The Lectures start at 6:30 pm in The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City.  Reception to follow. 

$15 General Admission
$10 General Society & NY Landmarks Conservancy Members & Senior Citizens
$5 Students.

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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We would also like to acknowledge the support of  New York Landmarks Conservancy.

 

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