The Historic Districts Council’s ‘Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Rethinking Sites Of Cultural History’ In Harlem

Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which is often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across the city are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Just this year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District, which the agency describes as “not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.” In recent years, Greenwich Village’s Caffé Cino and Julius’ Bar were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as significant and influential sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City; The New York Times profiled a historian giving tours of Muslim sites of significance in Harlem; and the City is commemorating some of our most storied and accomplished female citizens with the installation of statues in all five boroughs.

Furthering this momentum, the Historic Districts Council, the New York Preservation Archive Project and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project are proud to host this day-long conference, which will unite preservationists with historians, artists, planners, place-makers and more for a discussion on how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks. Sessions will include case studies, tools for documentation and protection, and action plans for preserving and engaging the public with these sites.

Monday, October 1, 2018, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Register here

General Admission: $15 / Students/Seniors: FREE
(Breakfast and lunch will be provided)


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Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue (between West 120 and West 121 Streets), Harlem, New York.

Photo credit: Apartment building from Central Harlem from the Harlem World Collection. Via  .

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