Since the passage of the New York Landmarks Law in 1965, New York City has become one of the most influential forces for the historic preservation movement in the United States. The Landmarks Law established the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as the agency responsible for identifying and preserving the city’s architectural, historical and cultural resources. The neighborhoods explored - Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn), the Upper East Side, South Street Seaport and SoHo (Manhattan), and Douglaston (Queens) — illustrate the distinctly different building types and landscapes that can define districts as historic and compel us to consider how they should or should not change.
Context\Contrast asks how the Commission’s charge of ensuring "appropriate" new architecture in historic districts has allowed neighborhoods to evolve without endangering the essential character that contributes to their public value and makes them worth protecting. This publication is based on the 2009 Context\Contrast exhibition at the AIANY/Center for Architecture which has travelled to four other venues across the United States.
This publication was produced and organized by the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
63 pages. 9 x 6 inches. Soft cover.