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The Future of Preservation: Learning from James Marston Fitch

The Future of Preservation: Learning from James Marston Fitch

April 26, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Higgins Hall Auditorium at Pratt Institute

The documentary James Marston Fitch: Pioneer in Preservation Education examines the inspirational work of the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, the first in the nation, and looks at several iconic New York City locales such as SoHo, Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal, and South Street Seaport, that demonstrate Fitch’s enduring ideals. Created in 1996 by Christine Ferinde and Jon Calame, two graduates of Columbia’s program, this film affectionately portrays a pioneer in the movement to preserve America’s architectural heritage.

Jon Calame, one of the film’s creators, will provide an introduction. And following the film there will be a panel discussion on the evolution of preservation education and the future of the field featuring leading experts including:

Felicia Mayro, Trustee of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, alumna of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, and Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Center

Nadya K. Nenadich, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Program at Pratt Institute and recipient of the 2016 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship

Frank Emile Sanchis, who studied under James Marston Fitch, is currently Director of U.S. Programs at the World Monuments Fund

Anthony C. Wood, Founder and Chair of the New York Preservation Archive Project and intermittently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Co-presented by the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Pratt Institute’s Historic Preservation Program, and Preservation Alumni

This screening is part of People Preserving Place: A Film Festival presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project in celebration of NYC Landmarks50+ Alliance‘s “Preservation Month” in April 2017. 

Location:
Higgins Hall Auditorium at Pratt Institute
61 St. James Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Above: Professor James Marston Fitch (right) and instructor Theo Prudon (second from left) examining a joint thesis project by students in Columbia University’s historic preservation program, 1974; Courtesy of Michael A. Tomlan