The 119th Street Gatehouse, a project of the Waterline Team (Ennead Architects: Andrew Burdick; Graham Kyle; Laura Buck; Mao Ziayun), offers a fascinating lens through which to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in catalyzing support for and visioning the reuse of an enigmatic building.
Meisha Hunter Burkett will describe how once small scale, historic infrastructure loses its purpose-built use, the challenges of reuse become complex. The philosophical issues as well as the practical process of adaptive use must be grappled with. Issues of balancing the preservation of historic fabric, while accommodating new programmatic uses, code and other requirements must be considered. Stewards and potential allies, as well as funding streams, must be identified. Examples of other vibrant and creative of adaptive use projects from the around the world can to be examined for inspiration.
Burkett is a Senior Historic Preservationist at Li/Saltzman Architects and a recipient of the NEA Rome Prize in Historic Preservation. She has contributed to Springer’s forthcoming publication, Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (2018), TICCIH’s Water Industry as World Heritage Report (2018), L’aque, le Pietri e Bronze le Fontane Monumentali (Commune di Roma, 2012), City Secrets: Rome (Fang, Duff, Kahn 2011), and Sustainability and Historic Preservation (University of Delaware Press, 2011).
$15 General Admission;
$10 General Society Members;
$10 New York Landmarks Conservancy Members;
$10 Senior Citizens;
The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow. Advance registration is necessary.
The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, (Between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York City.
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