Lectures and Other Events

Lectures at General Society Library in Midtown

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the City. Today, this 231-year old organization continues to serve and improve the quality of life of the people of the City of New York through its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs including its tuition-free Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library and its nearly two-century old Lecture Series.

Advance registration is recommended for all events.
Admission is specially discounted for New York Landmarks Conservancy members at $10.
For more information contact the General Society at 212 840 1840 or visit the General Society website.

On behalf of the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York, The New York Landmarks Conservancy invites you to:

6/19/18 – Meisha Hunter, Li/Saltzman Architects
The 119th Street Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse: Repurposing Small Scale, Historic Infrastructure

Meisha Hunter, Li/Saltzman, will describe how once small scale, historic infrastructure loses its purpose-built use, the challenges of reuse become complex. Issues of balancing the preservation of historic fabric, while accommodating new programmatic uses, code and other requirements must be addressed sensitively. Efforts must be coordinated with municipal agencies, elected officials, community groups, and stewards. Funding for micro-interventions, conditions assessments, treatment recommendations, rehabilitation and new construction must be sought. The 119th Street Gatehouse, a project of the Waterline Team, offers a fascinating lens through which to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in catalyzing support for and visioning the reuse of an enigmatic building.