Pillars of New York - 2016
Pillars of New York
On November 15, 2016, the Preservation League presented its most prestigious award, the Pillar of New York, to Bonnie Burnham, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, and Susan Henshaw Jones for dedicating decades to safeguarding the authenticity and permanence of our shared heritage.
From a grand palace to an ancient dwelling, the tangible aspects of our history and culture can be lost in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, we are powerless to prevent natural disasters, and the horrors of war are visited swiftly and without mercy.
We can, however, act to preserve our historic treasures from development and other pressures, inspire future generations of professionals and stewards, and ensure that our cultural institutions enjoy an enduring legacy.
The 2016 honorees have made immeasurable contributions to local, national and international preservation.
Their collective history aligns perfectly with the Preservation League’s 25-year tradition of honoring individuals who have taken extraordinary action to protect, preserve and promote New York’s – and the world’s – artistic and architectural heritage.
These three women have faced unique challenges at numerous organizations. But the characteristics they share - strength, endurance and fortitude – have allowed them to prevail.
Their efforts have truly raised the standard for stewardship and preservation, and their leadership will help to protect our irreplaceable historic resources for generations to come. Their legacies will continue to inspire all of us, as they are truly - Pillars of New York.
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.