The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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In the popular imagination, the controversial 1963 demolition of Pennsylvania Station gave birth to New York City's historic preservation movement. As Randall Mason reveals, however, historic preservation has been a persistent force in the development of New York since the 1890s, when the city's leading politicians, planners, and architects first recognized the need to preserve the rapidly evolving city's past.

Author Biography

Randall Mason is associate professor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and coeditor of Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States.

Table of Contents

Introduction Preservation and Its History in New Yorkp. ix
Memory Sites: Buildings, Parks, Eventsp. 1
Portfolio: Frank Cousins's Photographs for the Art Commission, 1913
The Preservation and Destruction of St. John's Chapelp. 63
City Hall Park: Hearth of Official Civic Memoryp. 121
Bronx River Parkway: Modern Highway, Environmental Improvement, Memory Infrastructurep. 177
Conclusion Looking Critically at Preservation's Own Pastp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Notesp. 253
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 301
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