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Preservation in Paint

October 11, 2015
Article from the Fall 2015 Newsletter

Readers might know Whitney North Seymour, Jr. from his preservation work in Greenwich Village and the South Street Seaport, or his accomplished legal career and stint as New York State Senator in the 1960s, but who knew Seymour was also an accomplished artist! The above work, entitled Pennsylvania Station, New York, was painted by Seymour in July, 1956. Predating the station’s demolition by eight years, Seymour seemed to have already been captivated with the building that would become one of the “sacrificial lambs” that would propel the Landmarks Law forward. If you are interested in learning more about Seymour’s preservation work, the Archive Project completed an oral history with him in 2006, which can be accessed here on our website.

Above: "Pennsylvania Station, New York," by Whitney North Seymour, Jr., July 1956; Oil on canvas, 20"x24"; Courtesy of Whitney North Seymour, Jr.