The Preservation History Database is the first-stop encyclopedic resource for those interested in topics related to the history of preservation.

This educational tool is meant to function as an encyclopedia of New York City’s preservation history, a gateway for academic researchers, and a resource for contemporary preservationists. Entries in the database are not in-depth explorations and analyses; their purpose is to provide comprehensive, accurate, and succinct facts that direct visitors to other available resources. To make the Preservation History Database a useful research tool, the Archive Project aims to identify archival collections, oral histories, and digital resources that are relevant to each entry and make information on their locations and accessibility easily available. The database is continuously updated with new topics and new information. Contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

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Above: Mayor Wagner signing the Landmarks Law, 1965; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

Eric Allison

An advocate for both historic preservation and livable cities, Eric Allison served as the President of the Historic Districts Council from 1990–2000.

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Brooke Astor

Brooke Astor contributed funding from the Vincent Astor Foundation to a wide variety of preservation-related projects.

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Albert S. Bard

Also known as Albert Bard, Albert Sprague Bard, and A. S. Bard

Albert S. Bard drafted the Bard Act (1956), the enabling legislation for the New York City Landmarks Law.

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Barry Lewis

also known as Barry Stephen Lewis

Barry Lewis was an architectural historian, author, and professor best known for his historical walking tours of New York City neighborhoods.

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Juliet Bartlett

Also known as Juliet M. Bartlett

Juliet Bartlett was one of the original commissioners of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and was involved with the agency’s first designations.

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John Belle

The architect John Belle was a founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, a New York-based architectural firm which has spearheaded some of New York City and Washington, D.C.’s largest restoration and conservation projects.

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Thom Bess

Thom Bess was a historic preservationist who advocated for the preservation of the Longwood Historic District in the Bronx, served as a board member of the Historic Districts Council and was a leader in the preservation fight in Harlem.

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Beverly Moss Spatt

Beverly Moss Spatt was a vocal and passionate defender of preservation in New York City both during and after her time as Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Walter Binger

Walter Binger is remembered for his technical assistance to the opponents of the Brooklyn Battery Bridge and for his role in preventing the demolition of Castle Clinton.

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Bronson Binger

An architect, preservationist and fifth generation New Yorker, Bronson Binger was a co-founder of the Historic Districts Council and played a pivotal role in the New York City preservation movement during the 1960s-1980s.

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