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2019 Annual Chairman’s Award

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About the Event

From left: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Robert E. Wankel President of the The Shubert Organization, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab, Landmarks Conservancy Board Chair Michael Braner, and Robert C. Bates AIA Principal Walter B. Melvin Architects. Photo by James Salzano.

June 5, 2019
2019 Chairman’s Award Luncheon a Success

Our thirty-first Chairman’s Award luncheon drew a sold out crowd to The Metropolitan Club to honor Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab, Walter Melvin Architects and The Shubert Organization. It was a warm and spirited salute to preservation and to the City we love.


2019 Honorees
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is being recognized for his leadership in saving Erasmus Hall Academy, built as the first secondary school in the State. Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and John Jay were among its original supporters. The Landmarks Conservancy has been working for decades to restore and reuse the 1787 building located in the courtyard of Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush. The Borough President supplied capital funding to restore the exterior of this important landmark, guaranteeing its preservation and allowing it to be used again. A Brooklyn native, he served New York as a Police Officer and State Senator prior to his election as Borough President in 2013.

Walter B. Melvin Architects
Walter B. Melvin Architects has a deep appreciation for the extraordinary detail and authentic workmanship of older buildings and historic structures. They put preservation into practice. Their work has restored and enhanced buildings throughout the City. With the highest professional standards and their commitment to the preservation of historic detail, they strive to achieve clearly specified, high quality restoration, while stressing an empathy with the original building design and materials. In addition to using traditional strategies, they have developed many new restoration techniques designed for a variety of building concerns. The firm has been the recipient of several of the Conservancy’s Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards.

Jennifer Raab, President, Hunter College
Under Jennifer J. Raab’s leadership, Hunter College’s Roosevelt House underwent an extensive renovation and is now the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Roosevelt House, a New York City Landmark, is a double townhouse on the Upper East Side which was the home of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and Franklin’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt. The Institute is committed to advancements in public policy, human rights, and fostering creative dialogue. Raab’s tenure at Hunter followed her distinguished seven years as Chair of the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Raab was Phi Beta Kappa at Cornell, has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

The Shubert Organization
A leader in American theater since the beginning of the 20th century, The Shubert Organization currently owns and operates 17 historic Broadway theaters, all lovingly restored and maintained. Over the last five decades, The Shubert Organization has dedicated its energies and resources to a long-term campaign for the revitalization of the American theatre. Its many projects have included the refurbishment of all Shubert playhouses, devoted participation in civic and community affairs, and a continuing effort to improve the Times Square Theater District. Today, under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman/Co-CEO and Robert E. Wankel, President/Co-CEO, Shubert moves into the future seeking new opportunities and challenges, continuing a tradition of excellence established by the founding Shubert brothers in 1900, and building on the modernization of the company set in motion in the early 1970’s by Bernard B. Jacobs and Gerald Schoenfeld.

For more information about the event please contact Alissa Catalano at 212.995.5260 or by email at alissacatalano@nylandmarks.org

The Landmarks Conservancy inaugurated the Chairman’s Award in 1988 to recognize exceptional organizations and individuals that have demonstrated their dedication to protecting New York’s rich architectural legacy.

Leadership Committee Chair
Frank J. Sciame, Jr., Sciame

Leadership Committee
Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Victoria Dengel, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York
Kenneth K. Fisher, Cozen O’Connor
Jeff Greene, EverGreene Architectural Arts
Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President
Andrew Kimball, Industry City
Stephen J. Meringoff, Himmel + Meringoff
Joseph Mizzi, Sciame
Richard J. Moylan, Green-Wood
Sherida E. Paulsen, PKSB Architects
Nancy and Otis Pearsall
Benjamin Prosky, AIA NY, Center for Architecture
Daryl Roth, Daryl Roth Productions
Suzanne R. Santry, Hunter College Foundation Board of Trustees
Charlotte St. Martin, The Broadway League
Elizabeth Stribling, Stribling & Associates
Carl Weisbrod, HR&A Advisors
Sam White, PBDW Architects
Landmark Leaders
John Gore Organization / Broadway Across America
The Nederlander Organization
The Shubert Organization
Walter B. Melvin Architects

Landmark Patrons
Hunter College President, Jennifer J. Raab
Valerie Campbell, Kramer Levin

Landmark Sponsors
Acheson Doyle Partners Architects
Broadway Stages
Buchbinder & Warren
Joan Grabe
Richard J. Moylan, Green-Wood
Stephen J. Meringoff, Himmel + Meringoff
Lise Moran
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Frank J. Sciame, Jr., Sciame
Larry Silverstein, Silverstein Properties

Jody and John Arnhold
Artistic Doors and Windows
Susan Bershad, MD
Beyer Blinder Belle
Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Bennett C. Fradkin, Fradkin & McAlpin Architects
Michael Frankfurt, Frankfurt Kurnit
Alfred Gallichio, West New York Restoration of CT, Inc.
Eric Janczyk, Nova Construction Services, LLC
Kenneth Mahon, Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.
Sheila Parekh-Blum
Carole S. Olshan
Sherida E. Paulsen, PKSB Architects
Pullman, SST
Barbara and John Robinson
Carlo A. Scissura, New York Building Congress
Melanie Shorin
Ernest M. von Simson, Ostricker von Simson
Laurie Tisch
Donald G. Tober, Sugar Foods Corporation
Thornton Tomasetti

Patrick Baldoni, Femenella & Associates
Andrew Bardolf and Daniel Callahan, DNA Contracting
Arun Bhatia, Arun Bhatia Development
BKSK Architects
Mark Cisz
Shi-jia Chen, B&H Art-In-Architecture
Carl Culbreth, PRESERV
Ciro Cuono, P.E., Cuono Engineering
Jean Del Vecchio
Ward Dennis, Higgins, Quasebarth & Partners, LLC
Jeff Greene & Kim Lovejoy, EverGreene Architectural Arts
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
Kenneth K. Fisher, Cozen O’Connor
Alan Fishman
Charlotte K. Frank, Ph.D
Boo Grace
Halmar International
Margaret Brennan Hassett
Steven F. Jureller, Cauldwell Wingate Company
Fr. John A. Kamas
Kliment Halsband Architects
Richard Lefever
The Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation
Levien & Company
Arthur L. Loeb
The Loreen Arbus Foundation
Nicholson & Galloway
Right Path Windows and Doors
Milo Riverso, STV Group, Inc.
Klara Silverstein
Allison Simmons Prouty
Elizabeth Stribling, Stribling & Associates
Stephen G. Tomlinson, Kirkland & Ellis
Turner Construction Co.
Sam White, PBDW Architects
Lloyd Zuckerberg, Samson Investment Partners

Jeff Ackerman, Rise Architecture
William L. Bernhard
Kathryn McGraw Berry, AIA
Bigman Brothers Inc.
Michael Braner
Brend Restoration, LLC
Chilmark Builders
Sally T. Butler
Rita C. Chu
Christine R. Davis
Victoria Dengel, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York
James Fenniman, Gallagher
Thomas A. Fenniman, Thomas A. Fenniman Architect
Jennifer Franklin, Simpson Thacher Bartlett, LLP
Carole Bailey French and John French, III
Mark Gregorio, TEI Group
Inge Heckel
Junkyard Dog Productions
Stephen S. Lash, Christies
Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP
Chris McNally, Falcon Enterprises Associates
Edmund Meade, Silman
Leah Okin, IATSE Local 764
Richard Olcott, Ennead Architects
Peter Oxenham, Andromeda
Ray Pepi, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
Dr. Stephanie Pincus
George Ranalli, Architect
Barbara and John Robinson
Marla Sabo, Fireman Capital Partners
Motoatsu Sakurai, Japan Society
Frances G. Scaife
Robert Score, Local One, I.A.T.S.E.
Lawrence Sicular, Sicular Associates
John S.W. Spofford
Susan and John Steinhardt Family Foundation
Robert B. Tierney
Tierney TNC Theater Workshop
J. Russell Triedman, Lindsay Goldberg
Taylor B. Wagenseil
Lloyd Westerman, Westerman Construction

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