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The Westbeth oral histories collection, begun in 2007, document how the artist housing Westbeth was conceived and implemented. This collection was undertaken as part of a larger project to place Wesbeth on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Dixon Bain
Ana Steele Clark
Peter Cott
Merce Cunningham
Joan Davidson
Richard Meier
Tod Williams



Dixon Bain
Dixon Bain served as the project manager for planning and construction of Westbeth Artist’s Residence in the West Village from 1967-1971.

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Ana Steele Clark
Ana Steele Clark worked at The National Endowment for the Arts for over thirty years, serving the organization from soon after its 1965 founding. Her oral history focuses on the NEA’s role in the creation of Westbeth.

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Peter Cott
Peter Cott served as the Executive Director of the artist’s community Westbeth from 1970 to 1973.

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Merce Cunningham
Merce Cunningham (1919 -2009) was an American dancer, choreographer and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, located since 1971 at Westbeth in the West Village.

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Joan Davidson
Daughter of J.M. Kaplan and a member of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Joan Davidson coordinated the founding of the Westbeth Project, an artist’s residence in the West Village. 

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Richard Meier
Architect Richard Meier was commissioned in 1967 to renovate the former Bell Labortories in Greenwich Village into the affordable artist’s housing Westbeth.   

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Tod Williams
Architect Tod Williams worked with Richard Meier during the conversion of Westbeth from an industrial building to artist’s housing in the late 1960s and early 70s. He, along with this wife and two children, were also original tenants of the building.   

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