Pillars of New York - 2009
The Pell Family of Fort Ticonderoga
The League celebrated the stewardship of The Pell Family as they marked the 100th anniversary of Fort Ticonderoga’s opening to the public. Since 1820, descendants of William Ferris Pell have been steadfast defenders of this symbol of America’s struggle for independence. They have preserved the Fort and its grounds, the Pavilion and the adjacent King’s Garden, and some 3,800 acres of historic landscapes visible from the ramparts. For their efforts to protect this historic place, we recognize the Pell family as a Pillar of New York.
The Pratt Family of Brooklyn
The League honored The Pratt Family for their founding and leadership of one of New York’s pre-eminent institutions, The Pratt Institute, where they have helped preserve important historic campus buildings in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and at Pratt’s Upstate campus in Utica, and for their efforts to promote design excellence and historic preservation. Whether working with their hands or with their minds, the Pratt family has been a guiding force for higher education, architectural excellence, historic preservation and civic leadership.
Each year the League presents its most prestigious commendation, The Pillar of New York Award, to those who have demonstrated a keen understanding of the value of New York’s historic resources by taking extraordinary actions to protect, preserve, and promote those assets. Join the League to receive invitations to this and other special events.