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  • Historic Preservation 101: What is a Landmark?

    This is a re-posting of a piece originally written in 2011. Architect Phillip Johnson and others protesting the demolition of Pennsylvania Station We speak often of historic districts, individual landmarks and national and state register sites but, what do those terms really mean? This post […]

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  • GVSHP Panel Discussion: Preservation After the 1963 Demolition of Penn Station

    Last night, GVSHP and our co-sponsor, New York Preservation Archive Project, hosted a panel discussion on the subject of the preservation movement following the demolition of the old Penn Station. The original Penn Station, built by the renowned architecture firm of McKim, Mead, and White […]

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  • A new mayor means a new administration

    New Yorkers have elected a new mayor, but it’s important to note that any mayor of any city does not operate in a vacuum.  A mayor selects many individuals to lead individual parts of city government. On Monday, Karen wrote about the position of Chair […]

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  • Preservation Before Penn Station’s Demolition

    Preservation Before Penn Station’s Demolition

    Common lore has it that the demolition of Penn Station fifty years ago was the impetus behind the modern preservation movement in New York, but in fact, preservation efforts in Greenwich Village and elsewhere had begun long before. This coming Tuesday, April 30, GVSHP will […]

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  • Architect Philip Johnson and Aline Saarinen march in protest of the impending demolition of Penn Station.

    Remembering the former Pennsylvania Station

    On August 2, 1962, a group of concerned citizens protested in front of Pennsylvania Station, the McKim, Mead, and White Beaux Art structure in pink granite that spanned two full city blocks. The impending demolition of this historic structure was opposed by leading architects, artists, […]

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  • New Kid on the Block

    Though nineteenth and early twentieth century townhouses and tenements seem to dominate the East and West Villages, the neighborhoods do house their share of Modern architecture. Mid-century creations like Silver Towers, the O’Toole Building, and the Burger-Klein building, among others, brashly distinguish themselves from the […]

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  • Historic Preservation 101: What is a Landmark?

    We speak often of historic districts, individual landmarks and national and state register sites but, what do those terms really mean? This post will review how the designation of landmarks came to be, what a landmark is and the differences between state and local landmarks.

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