It’s halfway through 2021 and I’m here touting our 2020 Annual Report. We publish our annual reports several months into the following year because we wait to include final audited numbers. But 2020 was so difficult, why not just put the virtual report on our website and move ahead.
Well…because our trustees and donors had faith in our mission and supported us. Because our programs stayed busy – helping building owners, providing jobs, boosting the economy, and working to protect the buildings and neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of this City. Because our staff met the challenges. And because preservation proved its worth.
Our latest economic study reinforced earlier findings that commercial historic districts are economic engines, attracting everyone from tech companies to mom and pop stores. Even during the darkest days, our landmark streets and buildings reminded us that New York endures.
Our Lucy G. Moses Awards honored an amazing array of preservation projects completed during the pandemic. The two religious institutions we honored demonstrated faith in the traditional sense. All the projects showed faith in the City.
Our Living Landmark honorees continued to support our cultural, medical, and educational institutions. And our Landmark Heroes represented the incredible courage of New Yorkers on the frontlines.
So, while we look forward to ever better days, we hope you will take a look at what we achieved together in 2020. We all helped preserve the City we love.