The Latest News From Fitch

October 20, 2014
Sold Out house at Second Fitch Foundation Symposium

The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers and the Future of Historic Preservation was a huge success! Speaking to a sold out crowd, the roster of presenters gave phenomenal presentations that provoked thoughtful consideration of the field of historic preservation.

Justin Davidson, architecture critic for New York Magazine, kicked off the day with his key note address, Preservation as an agent of Radical Change.

Check back soon for videos and more!

Thank you to all of our supporters for making the Fitch Symposium a memorable and influential day!

August 1, 2014
Join us for the Second Fitch Foundation Symposium

The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers and the Future of Historic Preservation
October 17, 2014
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York City

Eventbrite - The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will present The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation – a day long multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the influence of non-traditional practitioners of historic preservation on architectural revitalization throughout the United States.

Speakers at the symposium will include individuals from across the United States who don’t necessarily call themselves preservationists but whose work and passions link them to old architecture and cityscapes. We are inviting artists and entrepreneurs who are inspired by buildings and places; directors of arts organizations, housing activists, and urban health advocates who are closely connected to the historic buildings and neighborhoods they interact with; artisans and makers whose craft is tied to the places where they work.

Scheduled Sessions and Speakers:
Session I: Small Batch: The Maker Economy and its Impact on Historic Places
Speakers include whiskey distillers, specialty printers, small scale developers and craftsman

Session II: Preserving Place: How Activists and Artists are Saving Our Cities’ Heritage
Speakers include housing and human rights activists, developers of artist live/work space, practicing artists and creative placemaking experts

Session III: Street Level: A Future for Historic Preservation
Speakers include established and emerging voices in the field of historic preservation

May 2, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Fitch Fellows
This year's awards reflect the breadth of today’s field and the Fitch Foundation’s ongoing dedication to encourage new thinking and original research in the field of American historic preservation.

Adrian Scott Fine
Fitch Mid-career Fellow
Picking Up the Pieces: Preserving Urban Renewal’s Modern Legacy
Mr. Fine’s project will discuss the debate now taking shape across the country about what to do with the modern era buildings and landscapes of the controversial period of Urban Renewal during the 1960s and 70s. Through a series of case studies, interviews with community and thought leaders, and using emerging best practices, Mr. Fine will provide a basis for better understanding these places and how to approach them through a preservation perspective. This discussion is also increasingly relevant as communities today are embracing a new era of urban renewal, through right-sizing strategies in struggling “cold market” regions.

Beatriz del Cueto
Fitch Mid-career Fellow
Concrete Block and Hydraulic Cement Floor Tile in the Tropics: their advent, history and conservation
Ms. del Cueto’s project will survey and explore the use of highly ornamental hollow-core concrete block and hydraulic cement floor tile and mosaics used in tropical architecture during the early 20th century. Structures from this period that have survived are mostly neglected, and ultimately demolished for lack of historic relevance or as a result of ever-changing architectural tastes. Focusing on Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, Ms. del Cueto will engage in a study to better understand the significant role these architectural elements played in the tropics, surveying extant examples and advocating for their preservation. Ms. del Cueto will also propose specifications and recommendations for the appropriate intervention of these materials.

Rebecca Ward
The Richard L. Blinder Award for Architecture Fellow
Reinventing the Broadway Theatre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Ms. Ward will conduct a site assessment and create an action plan for the now vacant Broadway Theater, a historic vaudeville theater that opened in 1921 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Following the completion of a site assessment, Ms. Ward will engage the local community in their vision for the future of the theater, hoping to create a major catalytic impact on the downtown’s revitalization, restoring a sense of place. Ms. Ward’s project will serve to promote the theater’s reuse to town officials while serving as a guide to aid other small towns across the country in their efforts to save their empty downtown theatre buildings, bringing life back into historic commercial districts.

Amanda Schachter & Alexander Levi
The Richard L. Blinder Award for Architecture Fellow
Bronx River Right‐of‐Way:Reclaiming Cass Gilbert’s Westchester Avenue Station for the Waterfront Part II: 2013 ‐ 2014
Recipients of the 2011 Blinder Award, Ms. Schachter and Mr. Levi will expand on their project studying the reuse and rehabilitation of the Westchester Avenue Train Station in the Bronx, an abandoned hundred-year-old train station designed by Cass Gilbert and currently off-limits and in ruins along the Lower Bronx River. Previously, Ms. Schacter and Mr. Levi envisioned a scenario to transform the abandoned station into a gateway, beacon, and intermodal node for the park, neighborhood, greenway, and river. The second Blinder Award will help bring their vision closer to reality with the support of a feasibility study for the station.

May 15, 2014
Blinder Award Winner David Tryba Releases Video on Denver Civic Center
Mr. David Tryba, FAIA received the Fitch Foundation’s first Richard L. Blinder Award. The biennial Richard L. Blinder Award is given to an architect for especially innovative restoration and reuse of historic architecture for cultural purposes.

Mr. Tryba’s project documents the process of achieving consensus to relocate the Colorado Historical Society and Museum within Denver’s Civic Center Park. Bringing together diverse constituencies, Tryba is demonstrating how he builds support among these groups and the processes he employs.

You Didn't Know You Came to Make a City | Tryba Architects from Tryba Architects on Vimeo.

April 23, 2014
Kress Fellow James O'Day's Project Profiled in THE FIELD

2012 Kress Mid-Career Fellow James O'Day produced a gorgeously illustrated and finely researched monograph, Edward Godfrey Lawson: Continuum of Classicism
 . His work has been highlighted in The Field.

Read EDWARD GODFREY LAWSON, “OUR FIRST FELLOW” in the Professional Landscape Architects blog THE FIELD

April 10, 2014
Fitch Profiled in West View News
Martica Sawin, Professor Fitch's widow and Fitch Foundation Board Member writes about the legacy of James Marston Fitch and his impact on the West Village.

Read it here!

January 10, 2014
Fitch Trustee Appointed HUD Regional Administrator

Fitch Foundation Trustee, Holly Leicht has been appointed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to serve as Regional Administrator of HUD Region II, which comprises New York and New Jersey. Holly will be instrumental in carrying out ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the region. Here is the announcement from New Yorkers for Parks, where she served for three years and will no doubt be missed.

And while Holly will be mightily busy, I am happy to report she will continue to serve on the Fitch Foundation Board.

Congrats Holly!

December 9, 2013
The Winter Newsletter has Arrived!

Read it here! to learn more about the second James Marston Fitch Symposium
The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation
. This daylong event will be held in the fall of 2014.

Keep on the lookout for further updates!

November 11, 2013
2013 Fitch Colloquium at Columbia University

The Fitch Colloquium
Preservation East <-> West: Engagements, Exchanges, Entanglements

Lisa Ackerman, World Monuments Fund
Lee Ambrozy, New York University
Grace Jan, Smithsonian Institute
Vincent Michael, Global Heritage Fund
Theodore Prudon, Columbia University GSAPP
Anton Schweizer, New York University
John G. Waite, John G. Waite and Associates
Simon Warrack, Conservation Consultant

The annual James Marston Fitch Symposium hosted by the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning, and Preservation explores the question: Is there an East and West in Preservation? An examination of preservation practice in contexts of engagement between East and West seems to suggest there is dissonance between projected rhetorical positions and what occurs “on the ground.” In these engagements is preservation largely enacted on a set of consensus and globally forged principles tempered by national or regional customs or primarily on indigenous principles? Or, is the spectrum of practice even broader and more deeply colored by local contexts?

The symposium attempts to explore these questions with a series of case studies via presentations followed by discussions.


Lisa Ackerman:
More than Mortar Analysis and Measurement: the Art of Conservation Across the Globe

Lee Ambrozy:
At the Midpoint: Negotiating Sustainability in the Old Town of Shaxi (Yunnan Province, China)

Grace Jan:
Traditions and Cultures Matter: Reflections of a Conservator Training in Chinese Painting Conservation

Vincent Michael:
Conserving Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century: East Meets West

Theodore Prudon:
Preserving Modern Architecture in the East: Old Concepts, New Challenges

Anton Schweizer:
How to deal with short-lived splendor? The concept of originality in Japanese lacquered architecture

Simon Warrack:
Conserving what? Western conservation approaches and their impact on heritage in Asia

John G. Waite:
Yin Yu Tang: an 18th Century Chinese House Meets American Preservation Technology

Please RSVP: http://fitch2013.eventbrite.com/
This event is free and open to the public.

September 1, 2013
2014 Fitch Fellow Applications Due September 15, 2013

Fitch Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts.

The Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to mid-career professionals whose projects relate to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century in the context of historic preservation in the US. Learn about the most recent Kress Fellow here.

Richard L. Blinder Award: Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to an architect holding a professional degree or a valid license to practice architecture for a proposal exploring the preservation of an existing structure, complex of buildings, or genre of building type through addition, renovation, or other means. The proposal may focus on a real project, or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal must advance architectural preservation in the United States.


June 25, 2013
Watch Bronx River Right-Of-Way
Watch the 3-D animation of Bronx River Right-of-Way by SLO Architecture, recipients of the 2011 Richard L. Blinder Award from the Fitch Foundation

Bronx River Right-of-Way: Reclaiming Cass Gilbert's Westchester Avenue Station for the Waterfront from Amanda Schachter on Vimeo.

Meet the 2013 Fitch Fellows

Edgar Garcia: The Architecture and Design Legacy of the Chicano Movement: 1966-1985

Mandy Metcalf: Putting Historic Preservation on the Map: Right-Sizing Cleveland

Allen Shearer: Mid-Twentieth Century Modernism and the Invention of Microclimate: Contributions of James Marston Fitch and Helmut Landsberg to Building-Body Relationships

Friends of the Fitch Foundation saluted the new Fellows at a reception on Monday, 10 June 2013. Many thanks to all of those who joined us.

May 23, 2013
Meet New Board Member Holly Leicht
The Fitch Foundation warmly welcomes Holly Leicht, as our newest board member. Holly Leicht is the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks, a research-based advocacy organization championing quality public spaces for all New Yorkers. Prior to NY4P, she served as Deputy Commissioner for Development at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Previously, Holly was Director of Planning at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the Menapace Fellow of Urban Land Use Law and Director of Design, Planning and Advocacy at the Municipal Art Society. She grew up in St. Louis and graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.

April 4, 2013
The Fitch Foundation warmly welcomes Cristiana Pena, the new President of Preservation Alumni, as an exofficio board member. Cristiana is the Director of Programs at the Woodlawn Conservancy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Cristiana focused on community-based preservation advocacy on Manhattan's Upper West Side, working for five years as, first, the Director of Community Outreach and, later, as the Director of Preservation and Interim Executive Director for LANDMARK WEST!. Cristiana recently joined the faculty of Drew University, in New Jersey. Prior to Columbia, Cristiana received her BA in Art History, with a minor in Architectural History, from The Pennsylvania State University. She is originally from western South Dakota.

We'd like to thank Ben Baccash, past Preservation Alumni President, for all his contributions to the Foundation as an ex officio member. Ben, you'll be missed!

February 28, 2013
Fitch Grantee's Fallingwater Doc at FIFA in Montreal, March 16
Fitch grantee Kenneth Love's documentary Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterwork is in competition at the International Festival of Film on Art in Montreal. If you happen to be in town, check it out. http://www.artfifa.com/en/component/k2/item/91-fallingwater-frank-lloyd-wright-s-masterwork

Watch the trailer here!

January 10, 2013
Blinder Grantee SLO Architecture Profiled in Urban Omnibus
Check out this great article on SLO Architecture and their innovative work on the unsung Bronx River, including Bronx River Right-Of-Way, a project funded by the Fitch Foundation.

December 15, 2012
The Fitch Foundation's Winter 2012 - 2013 Newsletter is now available!

December 4, 2012
On view now: Bronx River Right-of-Way

The public is invited to explore in depth an exhibit showcasing Bronx River Right-of-Way by SLO Architecture, recipients of the 2011 Richard L. Blinder Award from the Fitch Foundation.

Alexander Levi, AIA, and Amanda Schachter, AIA, principals of SLO Architecture, have proposed a project to reclaim Cass Gilbert’s Westchester Avenue Station for NYC's waterways. Levi and Schachter provide a strategic framework for resituating the Westchester Avenue station house as a vital cultural node within the Bronx River network, linking it to contiguous waterways and waterfronts of Greater New York and beyond.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
41 East 11th Street
M-F 8:30-6
Free of charge
On view through January 31

This exhibit was made possible thanks in part to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

September 15, 2012
Fitch Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director
The Fitch Foundation is pleased to announce that as of 1 September 2012 Seri Worden is the new Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. After a rigorous search to fill this position we are confident that Seri Worden will do much to help carry the Foundation into what promises to be an exciting new period of development. In 2013, under Ms. Worden’s leadership, the Foundation will hold a national symposium on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The event will engage non-traditional preservationists in a conversation about their work.

Seri Worden is a cultural heritage consultant for non-profit organizations, institutions and foundations. Most recently, Seri served as project manager for Partners in Preservation—New York City, a joint effort by the American Express Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in which 40 NYC historic sites competed through online voting for $3 million dollars. Previously, Seri was Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, where she led the largest growth in the organization’s history. Seri has collaborated on projects with groups including The New York Landmarks Conservancy, The New York Preservation Archive Project and NJIT Center for Architecture and Building Science Research. Her international work ranges from studies of the ancient past with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii to working with an international team documenting Modern architecture in Argentina. Seri earned a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a degree in Art History from Boston University. She has been widely interviewed as a leader and expert on cultural heritage issues by NY1, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many more media outlets.

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation wishes to thank Liz McEnaney who served as our Executive Director since 2010. We will miss Liz’s good help to the Foundation and wish her our very best in her new endeavors.

August 26, 2012
On Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6-8pm at Axor NYC (29 Ninth Avenue, New York City) Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi will present recent work on their 2011 Richard L. Blinder Award for Bronx River Right-of-Way, a project to reclaim Cass Gilbert’s Westchester Avenue Station for the NYC waterway. Click here for more details.

Also, stay tuned for more details! Amanda and Alex with lead a tour of the Cass Gilbert station for Open House New York (OHNY) on October 7, 2012.

August 18, 2012
Mark your calendar! The international conference Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century, will take place October 12-14, 2012 at Rutgers University. The conference has been declared an Official UNESCO World Heritage 40th Anniversary event, and a major focus will be the recently adopted Declaration on Historic Urban Landscapes, a management approach to urban conservation and preservation intended for urban preservation generally as well as World Heritage Sites.

July 24, 2012
Fred Bland Elected New Fitch Chairman

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation today announced the appointment of Frederick Bland, an architect and managing partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, as its new chairman. Mr. Bland will replace outgoing Chairman John H. Stubbs who remains on the Board.

“We are delighted that Fred has agreed to lend his extensive experience and creative talent to the Foundation as its Chairman,” said Fitch Trustee Anne Van Ingen. “His close familiarity with Dr. Fitch, having worked alongside him at Beyer Blinder Belle, will be a great asset to the Foundation and its continued efforts to protect and curate the built environment in the spirit of our founder’s legacy.”

Frederick Bland has provided design leadership over the past 40 years for educational, residential and cultural facilities in both the U.S. and in China. He has directed downtown redevelopment plans nationally, working with clients that require options for long-term growth. Mr. Bland began his career at Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, became the first non-founding partner in 1978, and Managing Partner in 2004. An Adjunct Professor in the Fine Arts Department of New York University since 1990, he has also lectured on design at Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt and City College. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Wall Street; Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and serves on numerous other civic boards in New York City including the Evergreens Cemetery and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Mr. Bland received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University.

June 22, 2012, 2012
Congratulations to the 2012 Fitch Mid-Career grant recipients: Thomas Campanella, James O’Day, and Daniel Serda. Friends of the Fitch Foundation saluted the new Fellows at a reception at the newly re-opened South Street Seaport Museum in New York City on Thursday, 21 June 2012. Many thanks to all of those who joined us.

To learn more about our 2012 Fellows, please visit our Fellows page.

May 25, 2012

Shawn Evans (2001 Fitch Fellow) reports that the first phase of the rehabilitation project at Ohkay Owingeh is complete and continues to receive awards and recognition. A wonderful short firm was produced about the project in concert with the SEED Award from DesignCorps. Check it out here: http://www.seedocs.org/

May 2, 2012

American and international experts on the preservation of public and affordable housing came together to discuss their work at the all-day Fitch Colloquium, The Architecture of Public Housings: Preserving a Post-War Legacy, held at Columbia University on March 31, 2012. The all-day conversation looked at the development of many innovative design, construction and social arrangement following World War II, and raised questions about the practical and social issues impacting preservation efforts today. Click here for a complete list of speakers and presenters.

Videos of the colloquium sessions can be seen below:

The Fitch Colloquium was organized by the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program and co-sponsored by Docomomo US. The Fitch Colloquium is made possible by the generous support of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, the Netherland-America Foundation, Preservation Alumni, and Prudon & Partners.

April 18, 2012
Robert Silman is proud to announce that of the 12 buildings receiving Lucy G. Moses Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy on April 25, 6 had Robert Silman Associates as their structural engineers. These are: Central Park Police Precinct, Hamilton Grange National Monument, The New York Historical Society, Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, St. Patrick's Cathedral Rectory, and the TWA Flight Center.

March 28, 2012
The Fitch Trustees held their first Board meeting and study trip away from New York City on 22 – 25 March, 2012, following footsteps of James Marston Fitch from New Orleans to Natchez.

Honorary Trustee Adele Chatfield-Taylor joined the group and presented A Brief History of the American Academy in Rome Through the Lens of Historic Preservation at Tulane University. Other highlights included a tour of post-Katrina New Orleans, a lecture at Tulane by Roberta Gratz on her observations and work in the city. And on Saturday, 24 March and Sunday, 25 March the group headed up River via French Louisiana (seeing Parlange Plantation) and English Louisiana (via St. Francisville where Audubon painted) to Natchez – the extraordinarily intact and architecturally rich historic Mississippi River town. The group also visited Jim Fitch's beloved Auburn and Longwood Plantation Houses in Natchez.

February 13, 2012

Anat Geva (1997 Fitch Fellow) recently published Frank Lloyd Wright's Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form and Building Technology a comprehensive study of the sacred buildings built and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, representing different periods of Wright’s career (from 1886 to 1958), new building technologies, and application of his design concepts as demonstrated in his sacred architecture. This is a must read for anyone interested in Frank Lloyd Wright.

February 5, 2012
Check out John Matteo's (2006 Fitch Fellow) recently published article "Preservation Engineering: Framing A New Curriculum" in Preservation Education & Research. John takes a critical look at new academic programs in preservation engineering and offers a framework for a curriculum from which the specialized tools and technologies that have become important components of current preservation practice can be studied, applied, and interpreted with greatest reward.

February 2, 2012
Click here to read Restoration Redux: Top architects are tackling historic buildings in surprising ways, a provocative new article by Jorge Otero-Pailos (2011 Fitch Fellow) that appears in the most recent Architectural Record.

February 2, 2012
Fitch Trustee Pamela Hawkes reports that Ann Beha has been named the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Design at CCNY's Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Ann will be lecturing on “Uneasy Alliance: Designing a Dialogue Between New and Old” at the School’s Sciame Lecture Series on February 23, 2011 at 6:30pm. She’s bound to be provocative, and would love to see you there!

February 1, 2012
Leopold (Lee) Adler II, an Historic Preservation Pioneer passed away on January 29, 2012. Click here to read about this legend. He and his wife Emma authored the book Savannah's Renaissance, which was supported with a grant from the Fitch Foundation.

January 17, 2012
On January 17, Pratt's spring lecture series, Keeping It Cool: Fighting Climate Change with Preservation, presented by Ned Kaufman (2009 Fitch Fellow), opens with a talk by Stephen Tilly, a leading thinker on preservation's role in the campaign against climate change. Please join them at Pratt Manhattan at 6 PM for this important talk. Subsequent speakers include Jean Carroon, Carl Elefante, and Lisa Kersavage. Each brings a uniquely well-informed perspective to a topic of central importance. Click here for to view the full series.

January 10, 2012
The Fitch Foundation warmly welcomes Ben Baccash, the new President of Preservation Alumni, as an exofficio board member. Ben Baccash is a Development Assistant at World Monuments Fund. Prior to joining WMF, he started and ran a historic preservation consulting business which facilitated local landmarks and community board reviews, executed symposia, and conducted research. Ben holds a BA from New York University in Urban Design and Architecture Studies and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, where he focused on preservation policy and land use law, with emphasis on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and its enforcement procedures.

We'd like to thank Cleary Larkin, past Preservation Alumni President, for all her contributions to the Foundation as an ex officio member. Cleary, you'll be missed!

December 1, 2011

From right to left: Anne Van Ingen, former Director of the Architecture, Planning & Design Program and Capital Projects at the New York State Council on the Arts; Jerold Kayden, the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Paul Edmondson, General Counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Tersh Boasberg, Adjunct Professor of Preservation Law, Georgetown University Law Center at the Fitch Forum.

TRANSCRIPTS NOW AVAILABLE! Transcripts from the Fitch Forum: 45 Years of Preservation Law held at Columbia University on February 5, 2011 are available below. The Fitch Foundation co-sponsored the event along with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Law Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Widener Law Review. Click here for more detailed information about the sessions and the speakers.

Preservation Law in 2011: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
A Tale of Three Cities: Challenges to Municipal Preservation Laws Across the Nation
New York City's Landmarks Law: Perpetually Young or Showing its Age?
Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities for New York City and Beyond
Closing Remarks

Thanks to Ben Baccash for all his work editing the transcripts.

November 29, 2011
The Fitch Foundation's Winter 2011 - 2012 Newsletter is now available! Special thanks to Alan G. Brake and Catherine Gavin for all their help.

November 10, 2011
Columbia University's Historic Preservation Program Director and Fitch Professor Andrew Dolkart (2011 Fitch Fellow) recently published an article entitled, "The Fabric of New York City's Garmet District: Architecture and Development in an Urban Cultural Landscape", in the Vernacular Architecture Forum's journal, Buildings and Landscapes.

November 8, 2011
Fitch Trustee Theodore Prudon recently participated in the International Design Alliance (IDA) World Design Conference titled "Design at the Edges," held in Taipei, Taiwan. On October 3, he was interviewed by National Public Radio about the National Airlines Terminal (known as the Sundrome) as part of his ongoing work with DOCOMOMO-US.

October 17, 2011
Harvest Dome, a project by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi (2011 Blinder Fellows) will premier on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Inwood Hill Park Inlet in Manhattan. The installation featured discarded storm-snapped umbrellas that have been assembled into a giant twenty-four foot diameter, light-gauge spherical dome, that will float on the waters of the Inwood Hill Park inlet, as a physical revelation of the city’s accumulated waterborne debris. Click here for more information about this project, supported by Manhattan Community Arts Fund.

October 14, 2011
Kenneth Love's film Fallingwater premiered last night to a standing-room only crowd at the New Media Theater. Guggenheim Patrons, along with Trustees and Friends of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation gathered to watch the remarkable history of Fallingwater, the Edgar J. Kaufmann house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1934 and 1937.

Robert Silman, Fitch Trustee and principal of Robert Silman Associates, the engineering firm which worked on the restoration of both Fallingwater and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, said: “The original footage of Wright and his client, Edgar Kaufmann a Pittsburgh department store magnate, expose the personalities of these two very strong-willed men. This film is a must for any devotee of modern architecture or Frank Lloyd Wright.”

The film was supported by the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, The Edgar A. Tafel Living Trust, and the Laurel Foundation.

September 27, 2011
Not to be missed! The current issue of AIArchitect, the AIA's online magazine, features the 75th Anniversary of Fallingwater and includes a sneak peak of 2011 Fitch Fellow Kenneth T. Love's film, "Edgar Kaufmann, jr. on Fallilngwater", as well as an interactive story, "Wright Repairs," featuring Fitch Trustee Robert Silman.

The film will be featured as part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Friday Film Series. The film will be screened at the New Media Theater on October 14, 21, 28 and November 18 at 1pm and 3pm, and on November 4 at 11am. The screenings are included in the price of general museum admittance. Click on the photo below to see a 5-minute preview of the film.

September 12, 2011
Save the Date! Shawn Evans ('11) will present the preliminary findings of his Fitch-funded research project on Thursday, October 13th at 7:45 pm at the Lower Merion Conservancy in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Evans' lecture, Preservation of Native American Places will focus on preservation practices among the pueblo peoples. He will be joined by the Chief of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, Chief Bob Mexhalaniyat (Red Hawk) Ruth, who will discuss the indigenous heritage of Lower Merion and preservation activities of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Photo Below: "View of [Ohkay Owingeh] Pueblo and North Plaza," 1877. John K. Hillers, photographer. Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution (NAA INV 06344100)

September 3, 2011
Frank Muhly, Jr.'s 1996 film James Marston Fitch: Pioneer in Preservation Education is now available for viewing on the Fitch Foundation website. SIt back and enjoy!

August 28, 2011
The Summer Newsletter is now available. Click here to view!

August 22, 2011
Preservation Alumni relaunched its website and now includes information about upcoming events, grant deadines, calls for papers, and more. The website's new "Notable Alumnus" series now features James Marston Fitch.

August 15, 2011
Save the Date! On Saturday, October 22nd Cleary Larkin, President of Preservation Alumni and Fitch Ex Officio Trustee, will speak about the restoration of the Beacon Theater in New York City as part of the Museum of the City of New York's symposium, Living with HIstory: Restoring, Redesigning, and Reviving New York's Landmark Interiors.

July 8, 2011
Dr. Sara Wermiel ('08) recently completed the manuscript for a book, “When Architects Were Engineers; Architect-Engineers in Nineteenth-Century America,” supported by her Kress Mid-Career grant. She is now seeking a publisher for this book and would be glad to send a proposal to interested publishers. Please contact Dr. Wermiel at swermiel@mit.edu. Please click here for more information about her project.

June 20, 2011
In association with the Edgar Tafel Trust, Kenneth Love has received a 2011 grant to reproduce, restore, and preserve his documentary Fallingwater: A Conversation with Edgar Kaufmann, jr. To read more about this project click here.

June 13, 2011
Fitch Chairman John H. Stubbs was appointed as Senior Professor of Architectural Preservation Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies program in the Tulane School of Architecture. Click here to read more!

May 5, 2011
After a private viewing of the new Van Alen Books, New York City’s new center for architecture and design publications, friends of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation celebrated with recent Fitch Foundation grantees at the Van Alen Institute on May 3, 2011.

Congratulations to Laura Blokker, Shawn Evans, Ned Kaufman, Heather Knight and Jorge-Otero Pailos our new Fitch Mid Career grant recipients, and Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, the Blinder Award recipients. To learn more about these projects, please visit our Grantees page.

(Photos courtesy of Van Alen Institute)

May 4, 2011
Recent Past Preservation Network announced in its In its Spring 2011 Newsletter that it has taken ownership of the website, www.midcenturybanks, created by Kirk Huffaker ('07). The website features Kirk's Fitch-supported project, The Architecture of W.A. Sarmiento: Defining Downtown Banks at Mid-Century.

April 28, 2011
The New York Landmarks Conservancy honored Fitch Trustee Anne Van Ingen at its annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards held at the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Through her leadership at the New York State Council on the Arts as director of architecture, planning and design, Anne oversaw grants to the preservation groups throughout the state.

April 16, 2011
Join Ned Kaufman ('09) on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 as he addresses and explores the contemporary politics of preservation at 6pm in Buell East Gallery, Columbia University. His lecture, What if the public is Wrong?: Problems in the Politics of Preservation, is part of INQUIRY:HP, Columbia University GSAPP Historic Preservation Lecture Series. For more information, please click here to visit the INQUIRY:HP website.

April 12, 2011
Fitch Chairman John H. Stubbs has just published Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas, National Experiences and Practice, with co-author Emily G. Makas. Please see the book's companion website www.conservebuiltworld.com for more information on this title and the wider Time Honored Architectural Conservation Documentation Project.

March 29, 2011
The edited proceedings of the 2009 Fitch Symposium, The Preservationist’s Eye: Esthetics in Reuse and Conservation of the Historic Built Environment, are featured in the latest issue of CRM: The Journal of Heritage. Read it online now!

March 24, 2011
An article by Sara Wermiel ('08) that draws on material from her Fitch-supported research appears in the recently published book, Before Steel: The introduction of structural iron and its consequences (Niggli, 2010).

March 7, 2011
Marjorie Pearson ('99) discussed the history of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, its pioneering role in establishing and interpreting local landmarks regulation, and its ongoing legacy at the 17th Annual Historic Districts Council Preservation Conference on March 5th. Click here for more information.

February 5, 2010
The Fitch Foundation co-sponsored the Fitch Forum: 45 Years of Preservation Law, along with three other supporters: the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Law Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Widener Law Review. The event was held at Columbia University on February 5, 2011.

(Photos courtesy of Katie Chao Photo)

December 16, 2010
A new guide researched and written by Dan Marriott ('08) has been published to assist state and tribal historic preservation offices, as well as local governments and historic road advocates, with the historical background, strategies and tools to better identify and preserve our nation's historic rooad. The Preservation Office Guide to Historic Roads: Clarifying Preservation Goals for State Historic Preservation Offices, Establishing Preservation Expectations for State Transportation Departments is available online at: www.historicroads.org.

May 30, 2010
Congratulations to Laura Blokker, Heather Knight and Ned Kaufman, our new Fitch Mid Career grant recipients. To learn more about their projects, please go here: Fitch Foundation Grant Recipients.