In the Beginning: The Creation of the Historic Districts Council
June 21, 2011
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Historic Districts Council’s founding, NYPAP and HDC co-sponsored “In the Beginning: The Creation of the Historic Districts Council,” an evening of wine and conversation at the Players Club. Featuring a panel moderated by HDC Chairman Emeritus Anthony C. Wood, the event provided insight into the origins and evolution of HDC, straight from the mouths of four of its founders and initial leaders: Kent Barwick, Michael Gruen, Lorna Nowvé, and Bronson Binger. The panelists spoke on their involvement with HDC’s early development, exploring the motivations behind establishing a citywide alliance for historic districts. The discussion focused on the fascinating period when HDC was a committee of the Municipal Art Society, and concluded with reflections on HDC’s incorporation as an independent 501(c) (3) in 1986. By bringing these individuals together, and recording the story of HDC’s creation, NYPAP helped to document how far the organization has come, and inspired preservationists to consider what the future might hold for our field.
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