Continuing the Fight: Expanding Landmark Protections Since the Greenwich Village Historic District Designation
When Village activists succeeded in getting the Greenwich Village Historic District (GVHD) designated in 1969, they did what no one had ever done before – securing landmark protections for over 2,200 buildings and nearly 100 blocks. As expansive and impressive as that victory was, much of Greenwich Village was left without protections. In the intervening fifty years, four new historic districts, two extensions of the GVHD, and a few dozen individual landmarks have been added, some only after long and bitter battles. Much still needs to be done.
Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman will review the battles of the last fifty years – what was won and how, what was lost, and what still needs doing. He’ll also look at Jane Jacobs’ original plea for comprehensive landmark protections for Greenwich Village, and see how much of that vision has been fulfilled.
Wednesday, October 30, 6:30pm
United Methodist Church of the Village, at 201 West 13th Street
50 Years of the Greenwich Village Historic District: How Landmarking Has Shaped and Preserved A Neighborhood
In 1969, Greenwich Village preservationists, activists, and neighbors celebrated the victory of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District. In our final in a series of panel discussions marking the 50th anniversary of this milestone, we’ll consider what has changed over the last half-century, what might have changed had it not been for landmarking, and what this all tells us about what the district’s future might look like. What has landmarking allowed? What has it prevented? How has that process of making decisions about the shape of this neighborhood changed over the last fifty years?
Our panel will include:
* Andrew Berman, Village Preservation Executive Director
* Kent Barwick, former Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC); President, Municipal Arts Society (MAS); co-founder Historic Districts Council
* Ronda Wist, President at Wist Preservation Associates, former LPC Executive Director, and MAS Vice President
* Frank Sanchis, Programs Director at the World Monuments Fund, former Senior Advisor to MAS and Vice President for Stewardship of Historic Sites for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Monday, November 4, 6:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, enter at 12 West 12th Street