Erin Tobin, the League's Vice President for Policy and Preservation, discussed the Preservation League’s recent success in advocating for the NYS Historic Tax Credit extension and enhancements, which protected our state credit from changes at the federal level and provided a 2-year eligible census tract transition window. Erin also provided information on the New York State Council on the Arts/Preservation League partnership grant programs, Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants.
The NYC Landmarks 50+ Alliance was founded by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law in 2015. The Alliance has continued to bring together individuals and organizations committed to informing and educating the public about historic preservation in New York City and to ensure that the preservation community, as well as the wider New York City public, reflect upon and embrace the significance of the role of historic preservation in shaping the City. With a membership of almost 140 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including the Preservation League, Alliance gatherings provide a great opportunity for preservation networking and collaboration.
Our host for this month’s lunch, The Players, was founded in 1888 by American actor Edwin Booth. Booth purchased the Gothic-revival mansion on Gramercy Park South and hired architect Stanford White to transform the building into a private social club for the international theatre community and artists in related fields of film, television, music, and publishing, as well as their patrons. The National Historic Landmark building is filled with portraits of actors and artists spanning the last 150 years. The lunch meeting was held in the Dining Hall, which features stained glass windows from Philadelphia’s Garrick Theatre, built in 1901, as well as fireplaces framed in white and blue Delft tiles and more portraits of club members, including Helen Hayes, the first female member of The Players, elected in 1989.