The 2016 Pillars of New York

On November 15 the Preservation League honored a trio of exceptional women of preservation with our highest statewide honor, the Pillar of New York Award.

Pillar Award honorees Bonnie Burnham Susan Henshaw Jones and Adele Chatfield-Taylor

Pillar Award honorees Bonnie Burnham Susan Henshaw Jones and Adele Chatfield-Taylor

The Pillar Gala was enjoyed by over 200 guests at the Rainbow Room in New York City. Opened in 1934 and named an interior New York City Landmark in 2012, the Rainbow Room served as the perfect setting for honoring our 2016 Pillar honorees: Bonnie Burnham, former head of the World Monuments Fund; Adele Chatfield-Taylor, former President of the American Academy in Rome; and Susan Henshaw Jones, former leader of the Museum of the City of New York.

Each of these women was celebrated for her long commitment to historic preservation and the leadership she has provided to important preservation organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Pillar Award is an honor the League has been presenting to leaders in historic preservation for the past 24 years with past recipients including Brooke Astor, Hugh Hardy, Anne and Tom Hubbard, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Peggy and David Rockefeller.

Special thanks are due to the evening’s Gala Chairs, including: Brook and Roger Berlind, Suzanne Deal Booth, Ildiko and Gilbert Butler, Suzanne and Richard Clary, Lorna B. Goodman, William B. Hart and Constance Eaton, Janet Ross, Jack Shear, Anne H. Van Ingen, and Arete Swartz Warren.

If you’d like to learn about our honorees, the video below highlights some of their many accomplishments.