The Preservation League of New York State will present its most prestigious commendation, the Pillar of New York Award, at the 2014 Pillar of New York Awards gala on November 12 at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Since 1992 the Preservation League has presented its Pillar of New York Award to individuals and organizations “whose work in the field of historic preservation makes them role models for others throughout the state and nation.”
- For 35 years, Jeff Greene and the designers and craftsmen at EverGreene Architectural Arts have combined art, science and technology to restore some of the country’s most significant interior spaces including the New York State Capitol, the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library, Temple Emanu-El and the Chrysler Building.
- Together Marjorie and Gurnee Hart nurture a wide array of nonprofit organizations and contribute their considerable skills, leadership and resources to the success of groups that include the Park Avenue Armory, Scenic Hudson and the New York Philharmonic.
- An enduring partnership, Anne and Thomas Hubbard provide extraordinary leadership and generous support for institutions including the Preservation League of New York State, the Metropolitan Opera, the Peconic Land Trust and the New York Botanical Garden, one of the country’s most important horticultural landscapes.
- Thomas Jayne, scholar and aesthete, is one of the foremost practitioners of traditional interior design in America. For 25 years, his New York firm, Jayne Design Studio, has created interiors lauded for their sense of history and place, expressing the personality of his patrons and contemporary comfort.
Each year the League presents The Pillar of New York Award to those who have demonstrated a keen understanding of the value of New York’s historic resources by taking extraordinary actions to protect, preserve, and promote those assets. Tickets for the black tie gala start at $750 for individuals, and tables of 10 are available starting at $10,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x11.
Past honorees of the League’s Pillar of New York Award include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations for the multi-phase restoration of U. N. Headquarters; Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, founding President of the Central Park Conservancy; Nicholson & Galloway, Inc. and Building Conservation Associates, Inc. for their roles in restoring many of New York’s landmark properties; Paul LeClerc, President Emeritus of the New York Public Library; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP of New York City; Matthew Bender IV of Albany; the Pell Family for their leadership in the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga and its surroundings; the Pratt Family for the founding and preservation of the Pratt Institute Campus; Tiffany & Co. and The Tiffany & Co Foundation; preservation advocates Connie and David Clapp; Phyllis Lambert, the film Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture, and its director, Teri Wehn Damisch. The League has also previously honored Southampton Town Councilman Dennis Suskind; Governor George E. Pataki; developer Frank J. Sciame; Ronald Lauder; the Honorable James R. Houghton; Mrs. Vincent Astor; Peggy and David Rockefeller; architect Hugh Hardy; and Jane Forbes Clark; the Leon Levy Foundation and its trustees Shelby White and Elizabeth B. Moynihan; William S. Beinecke, Chairman and Director of the Prospect Hill Foundation; Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries; the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.