Tribecans, Architects, and Preservationists, Take Note


1.  An Evening Of White-Hot Visual Controversy

Saturday, November 15, “The Future of Historic Districts and Urban Design in the Era of Skyscrapers”:  An Evening with Steven Semes and John Massengale at the New York Academy of Art on Franklin Street in Tribeca, with a reception to follow.  (Reservations details to follow next week)

Steven Semes is an architect and practical architectural theorist who once worked on Duane Street.  His recent book “The Future of the Past:  A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation”  has provoked new debate and international rethinking of established dogma concerning how to manage growth and change in historic districts.  He is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and an editor of the journal, The Classicist.

John Massengale is a Soho based Architect who is on the board of the Congress of New Urbanism and the founding Chair of its New York Chapter.  His gorgeously published hot-off-the-presses new book is  “Street Design:  The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.”  The book, and Massengale himself, is turning the planning and design world upside down with fresh approaches to building and saving walkable neighborhoods.

Come and hear great arguments that are the cutting edge in these fields, all of it incredibly relevant to Tribeca, presented in a lively, engaging way, with an abundance of images.  Ask questions, and join us in a cocktail reception afterward and book-signing.

2.  A Party in Honor of the Author of “Texture of Tribeca”

Come and honor the amazing Andrew Dolkart, the architectural historian who wrote the best book on Tribeca ever -(yes, that means “The Texture of Tribeca, on sale on Tribeca Trust’s website).  His books on architecture and history have saved many a neighborhood in New York and he is one of our city’s unsung heroes.  Professor Dolkart in on the Board of Landmarks West! and runs the historic preservation program at Columbia University.  His students are all over the city doing great work, and many of them helped us research all the buildings in Tribeca.  The award ceremony will be at the spectacular India House in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, November 19th.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Historic District Council at 212-614-9107, email them at, or visit


A Visual for our November 15th Double-header

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