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NYPAPy Hour: The Evolution of George McAneny


The Evolution of George McAneny

Adrian Untermyer, Lucie Levine, Brad Vogel 

A Preservation History Happy Hour

Live on Zoom

Brought to you by Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

Friday, June 5 at 5:45 pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 836 1722 3974

*Email in advance to receive the password before the event. 

By the end of his life, civic giant George McAneny had helped found the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He had almost single-handedly ensured the preservation of Federal Hall. He had fought with a valiant band against Robert Moses to stop the destruction of Castle Clinton. He was a preservationist.

But earlier in his career, as Manhattan Borough President, he had approved the widening of streets and allowed new avenues and plazas to be carved through dense neighborhoods. How did George McAneny come to be a preservationist? 

Join Adrian UntermyerLucie Levine of Archive on Parade, and Brad Vogel of the Archive Project for a convivial conversation that traces multifaceted McAneny’s transformation over the first half of the 20th Century. Learn about the episode of St. John’s Chapel – which happened during the 1918 pandemic – and what it signified.

Preview for this week’s NYPAPy Hour: Our Preservation History Database entry on McAneny