Marshall Honored With Landmarks Conservancy Award
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of the 23rd Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall will receive the Preservation Public Leadership Award for making preservation a priority in her administration. The ceremony will take place April 29, at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.
The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards, called the “Preservation Oscars”, are the Conservancy’s highest honors for excellence in preservation. The coveted awards are named for Lucy G. Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the city for more than 50 years. The awards have recognized more than 225 individuals, organizations, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the city.
The Public Leadership Award honors public officials who demonstrate leadership in fostering historic preservation. The Honorable Helen M. Marshall has recognized the value of historic buildings and made preservation a priority in her administration. The borough president has supported the landmarking of more than 30 sites and districts.
She has worked with the Conservancy, allocating $1.1 million to the restoration of Tifereth Israel in Corona, and over $900,000 to the Chapel of the Sisters and the historic graveyard at Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica. When the Conservancy completed its survey of historic Queens synagogues, and placed three of them on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, Marshall hosted a reception at Queens Borough Hall to celebrate the accomplishment. Working with the Historic House Trust, the borough president’s office has invested almost $17 million to preserve the uniquely American experiences found in the historic sites of Queens.
“It is a great honor for me to receive the Preservation Public Leadership Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy,” said Marshall. “I am humbled and proud, at the same time, to join the ranks of previous winners of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award that honors the life and legacy of one of our city’s great benefactors for more than a half century. I am also deeply grateful. I have always believed that while we build for the future, we must also preserve our popular historic treasures for future generations. As borough president of America’s most diverse county, I have had the privilege of providing support and landmarking for more than 30 sites and districts. The effort continues this year as we look forward to breaking ground for the historic Bowne House Visitors’ Center, which will help tell the story of tolerance and understanding to a new generation.”
“Helen Marshall has recognized and supported the rich history and landmark quality architecture of Queens. She leaves an impressive legacy that will continue to enhance the borough,” said Peg Breen, president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for 40 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs. The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the city and state, protecting New York’s distinctive cultural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations. For more information, please visit www.nylandmarks.org.