May 26 at 2PM EST, RAMSA Partner Melissa DelVecchio will give remarks along with architects Peter Pennoyer and John B. Murray, architectural historian Francis Morrone, and HLPC chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, for the Delano & Aldrich Cultural Medallion dedication ceremony hosted by the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the virtual event.
Over 15 years ago, the non-profit Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, under the leadership of its chair, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, instituted the Cultural Medallion program, to create a sense of pride in history and of place among New Yorkers and visitors, and to document significant individuals, and notable occurrences related to the City's cultural, economic, political, and social history.
Cultural Medallions are placed on buildings associated with distinguished New Yorkers involved in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics. The elegant oval terra-cotta, black and white plaques recognize that history is about more than bricks and mortar, but what people accomplished under the city's roofs that truly matters. "Not only do they help bring history alive," Diamonstein-Spielvogel says of the medallions, "they're meant to remind people of how New York became as rich and vital, as energetic and dynamic as it is. They're also meant to inspire you in your own life. This program is honoring the past and, we are, I hope, motivating people in the future."
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