Historic Districts Council Honors Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel as Landmarks Lion
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Barbaralee has served as a defining voice on major urban issues of our time, including the historic built environment of our city, state and country. She is a pioneering champion of the arts, serving as the first Director of Cultural Affairs for New York City and as the longest-term Landmarks Commissioner in the city’s history, spanning four mayoral administrations. She was the Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation and since 1995 is the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. Barbaralee also served ten years on the United States Commission on Fine Arts and was the first woman to be appointed to Vice-Chair in its 110-year history. A founding Director of the High Line, she is currently a Director of the Trust for the National Mall and a Commissioner of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Barbaralee’s definitive book “Landmarks of New York” is an irreplaceable resource for anyone interested in our city’s remarkable built heritage. She created the “Historic District Street Sign” program over 20 years ago and her Cultural Medallion program informs New Yorkers and visitors about otherwise unnoticed landmarks. Her exhibit “The Landmarks of New York” has toured 82 countries on five continents, bringing awareness and appreciation of NYC’s remarkable built environment to audiences around the world. Barbaralee’s newest book, her 20th, “Landmarks of New York V” will be published this fall. It describes each of New York City’s 1,287 individually-designated landmarks and 102 designated historic districts. To accompany its publication, Barbaralee curated a new exhibition on New York City’s historic architecture which will tour 11 cities in New York State.

The Historic Districts Council, a citywide organization dedicated to preserving New York's historic neighborhoods, will present its Annual Landmarks Lion Award to Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. She will be honored at an award ceremony and benefit dinner on Wednesday, October 26th 2011. The event will take place at The Landmark Designated Four Seasons Restaurant, located at 99 East 52nd Street between Park and Lexington, Manhattan.

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