New Visions for Ruth Wittenberg Triangle
Attracts 46 Entries

Jury Awards Five “Special Distinction Citations”

On Village Heritage Day, Sunday September 14th, GVSHP exhibited the 46 entries received for the New Visions for Ruth Wittenberg Triangle ideas competition sponsored last Spring. The special one-day exhibition, designed by the architect Jonathan Marvel, presented the entries on the chain link fence which surrounds the Jefferson Market Garden, adjacent to the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle. Throughout the exhibition GVSHP asked for comments about the entries from the public. In all, 350 people expressed their views by affixing orange sticky-dot “votes” to the name tags of their 2 favorite entries.

Village Heritage Day
Village Heritage Day

Five Special Distinction proposals, which were awarded citations by GVSHP’s jury, were among the entries exhibited. Jury members -- former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Laurie Beckelman, designer Mildred Friedman, architect Thomas Hanrahan, and gallery owner Jason McCoy -- reviewed the entries last spring and awarded citations to what they believed to be the most compelling concepts for the site. The five Special Distinction Citation awardees are: Sarah Broughton, Architect & John Rowland, Urban Designer, of Hoboken, NJ; Jerry Andrew Ferentinos of Brooklyn, NY; Sue Labouvie & Max Heim of Studio L’Image in NYC; Isabella Mancini, a student at Parsons School of Design in NYC; and Richard Sammons, Registered Architect, of NYC.

A lottery will be held to determine which of the five will receive the prize of round-trip airfare to Barcelona, Spain.

The competition asked for ideas which transform the triangle at Greenwich Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Christopher Street into a community centerpiece. The public was invited to participate, and GVSHP was gratified to receive 46 entries from architects, designers, students, and community members, who presented a wide range of proposals for redesigning this prominent intersection, which is located just south of the Jefferson Market Regional Library.

A lengthier public exhibition of entries is currently being planned for 1998. The future exhibition will be the basis for public programs and dialogue about the design needs of this important urban space located at the heart of the Greenwich Village Historic District. GVSHP hopes the competition and exhibition of entries will inspire the Greenwich Village community to consider a new design for Ruth Wittenberg Triangle.

Village Heritage Day

New Visions for the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle and the September 14th exhibition were funded by generous grants from the Vincent Astor Foundation. Invaluable support was also received from the Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture.


revised November 15 1997
by David Goldfarb