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Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit 2015

December 9, 2015
8:30-10:00 a.m.
The Yale Club

Few New Yorkers have done more to celebrate, document, and preserve the history of preservation than Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. From her leadership in celebrating the anniversaries of the New York City Landmarks Law, to her books documenting the City’ s evolving preservation landscape, her spirited efforts to promote this significant history have become an invaluable asset in helping to shape the future of our City while honoring its past. The New York Preservation Archive Project can imagine no better recipient of its inaugural Preservation Award—created to honor outstanding contributions to the documentation, preservation, and celebration of the history of preservation in New York City—than Barbaralee. This award was presented at the Twelfth Annual Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit, which also featured Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, in conversation with architecture critic Paul Goldberger. 

The Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit, the Archive Project’s signature fundraising event, is held each year to memorialize civic figure Albert S. Bard (1866-1963) on what would have been his birthday. Bard was a leader in working to protect the aesthetic values of special places, drafting the New York State legislation which authorized New York City’s Landmarks Law and advocating for City Beautiful concerns ranging from billboard control to zoning.

The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
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Above: Clay study of the New York Preservation Archive Project's Preservation Award; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project