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.
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.
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.
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.