Harmon Goldstone was the second chair of New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and had an instrumental role in the creation of the New York City Landmarks Law.
In this 1987 interview, originally published in the Village Views, Harmon Goldstone speaks about how the creation New York City Landmarks Law came about. He describes the famous lunch between himself, Geoffrey Platt, and James Felt where the initial idea was discussed and started being officially pursued. During the drafting and review process of the law, Mr. Goldstone recounts his advocacy for it as a member of the New York City Planning Commission. As the second chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, he helped to save many important sites, including Sailor’s Snug Harbor and Grand Central Terminal, and was heading the commission when the Greenwich Village Historic District was designated. He also speaks about how he became involved with the Municipal Art Society as a board member and how the organization grew into a strong preservation advocate.