Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks
April 21, 2015
through January 3, 2016
Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York’s recently opened exhibition, explores the roots and history of the landmark preservation movement in the city while making the case that today old buildings contribute to vibrant neighborhoods and to the city’s economic growth. Stepping beyond history, “Saving Place” looks at contemporary design in the context of additions to landmarks and the innovative preservation technology that make today’s preservation projects possible. The museum commissioned a series of panoramic photographs by Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan to show the intertwining of old and new architecture in the context of the modern city.
Modern architecture is given its due in a section titled “Saving Modernism” that displays short case studies of efforts to landmark Modern buildings—some more successful than others. SOM’s Lever House, Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center, and the saga of advocacy efforts surrounding Edward Durell Stone’s 2 Columbus Circle are included. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s Manhattan Modern Map, co-produced in 2004 with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center and World Monuments Fund, is featured as well.
Presented to celebrate the law's 50th anniversary, "Saving Place" is organized by Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, currently a consultant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Exhibition co-chairs: Frederick Bland, Jim Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Esq., Richard Olcott, Raymond Pepi, Frank Sciame, Michael Sillerman
Honorary Chairs: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Meenakshi Srinivasan, Robert B. Tierney
Extended through January 3, 2017
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St
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21Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks
25Modern Highlights in the Hudson Valley Tour