The New York Historic Landmarks Preservation Center is asking for the public’s help in choosing the historic homes of famous New Yorkers for its Cultural Medallion program.
Spearheaded by Barabarlee Diamondstein-Spielvogel, a former city Director of Cultural Affairs, the privately-funded Historic Landmarks Preservation Center designates the New York historic homes of famous artists, writers and cultural ambassadors in the city with terracotta medallions. The plaques, attached to the fronts of the buildings, include descriptions of the famous New Yorkers with the dates they lived at the historic homes.
The medallions not only highlight New York historic landmarks; they also illustrate the city’s living history to passers-by. Now the Historic Landmarks organization is seeking the public’s assistance in choosing new historic homes to crown with the medallions.
People may log on to the New York historic landmark group’s new Web site and click on the link to “suggest a medallion.” According to the site, “the program seeks to honor individuals who have made important contributions to New York City in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics, as well as anything you consider truly remarkable and original that has contributed to the cultural heritage of New York City.” The building in which the individual lived must still be extant to be considered for a cultural medallion.
After suggestions are received, historic landmarks researchers will investigate the history of the historic homes and the achievements of the honored individuals. They’ll also obtain the permission of the historic homes’ owners to affix the terracotta plaques.
The public’s suggestions may join the 88 cultural medallions already in place in four boroughs (none in Staten Island as yet).The Bronx features two designated historic homes, Brooklyn has four, Queens has seven and Manhattan possesses 75 New York historic landmarks with the attractive black and white medallions.
91 Remsen Street, Brooklyn: The historic home of Henry Miller, author of the controversial novels Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and many more, from 1924-1925.
1200 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan: Opera contralto Marian Anderson, the first African-American to entertain at the White House, performed at the Lincoln Memorial for 75,000 people in 1939 after being banned from DAR Constitution Hall because of her color. She lived at this historic home from 1958-1975.
81-10 35th Avenue, Queens: Alfred M. Butts, inventor of “Scrabble,” was an architect and artist who lived in this historic home.
5204 Delafield Avenue, the Bronx: Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankees’ “Iron Horse,” played 2,130 consecutive games and lived at the leafy locale from 1939-1941.
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