Moses Awards

Conservancy Hosts 20th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards


American Museum of Natural History


Ellen Futter, President of American Museum of Natural History and Conservancy President Peg Breen


Peg Breen thanks Joe Fishman of the Henry and Lucy G. Moses Fund as well as long time Conservancy Board Member, Stephen Lash, for reaching out two decades ago to his friend Lucy Moses, resulting is these awards, which commemorate her passion for preservation and the city.


Public Leadership Award Winner, Kenneth Cobb


Public Leadership Award Winner, Kenneth Cobb


MacIntyre Building


President of The Co-Op Board, Reed Robins, accepts the award for the MacIntyre Building


President of The Co-Op Board, Reed Robins


Convent of the Sacred Heart School


Head of Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Joseph Ciangalini, accepts the Moses Award


Head of Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Joseph Ciangalini, with the Moses Award


Beacon Theatre


Vice President of Facilities for Madison Square Garden, Marc Tarozzi, accepts the award for the Beacon Theatre


Vice President of Facilities for Madison Square Garden, Marc Tarozzi


Flushing Friends Meeting House


Gerald Pollack, Trustee of the Flushing Friends Meeting House, accepts the Moses Award


Roosevelt House


President of Hunter College, Jennifer Raab, accepts the Moses Award for the Roosevelt House


President of Hunter College, Jennifer Raab


President of Hunter College, Jennifer Raab


Empire State Building Lobby


Peter Malkin, Chairman of Malkin Holdings, accepts the award for the Empire State Building Lobby


Peter Malkin, Chairman of Malkin Holdings


Robert Silman, Founder and President of Robert Silman Associates, accepts the Lucy Moses Award for Preservation Leadership


Robert Silman


Robert Silman and Peg Breen


Ellen Futter, President of American Museum of Natural History accepts the Moses Award


Ellen Futter, President of American Museum of Natural History


Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Executive Director Frank Vagnone accept the Moses award for the Historic House Trust


Executive Director Frank Vagnone and Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe


Park Lane at Sea View


Allan Arker of The Arker Companies accepts the award for Park Lane at Sea View


St Andrew’s Episcopal Church


The Rev. Alan Jackson accepts the award for St Andrew’s Episcopal Church


36 Grace Court


Owners of 36 Grace Court, Trena Keating and David Pitofsky, accept the Moses Award


Friends of The High Line Co-Founder Joshua David, accepts the Moses Award


Friends of The High Line Co-Founder Joshua David


A reception followed the awards ceremony


Peg Breen and Conservancy Board Chair, Stuart N. Siegel

Robert Silman Receives Preservation Leadership Award

Under a suspended 94-foot-long blue whale model, roughly 400 people filled the American Museum of Natural History’s spectacular Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to take part in the Conservancy’s 20th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards on April 21.

The coveted awards, nicknamed the “Preservation Oscars,” laud outstanding preservation efforts by individuals and projects. They are named for Lucy Goldschmidt Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the City for more than 50 years.

“The awards are a celebration of outstanding restoration projects throughout the City as well as some extraordinary individuals,” said Peg Breen, President of the Conservancy. “The time and care that went into completing these projects demonstrates New Yorkers’ commitment to preserving the entire range of the City’s architecture.”

This year marked the 20th presentation of the Awards, which have recognized nearly 200 individuals, organizations, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the City.

Surrounded by the Museum’s stunning display of biodiversity on the eve of the 40th celebration of Earth Day, the ceremony also highlighted the connection between preservation and sustainability as award winners included sustainable work practices and green technology in their projects more than ever before.

“This year, the conservancy’s awards committee decided to bestow fourteen awards—two individuals, one organization and eleven outstanding projects completed in 2009. That’s more than usual, but we had an unusually large and impressive number of nominations and our awards committee just couldn’t narrow it down,” said Breen.

Robert Silman received the Preservation Leadership Award for being a leader in the preservation-engineering field for more than 50 years, working on nationally-known buildings such as the Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Square Arch.

“Our work happily wears a smiley face. I think we get to do the positive work. We actually do preservation and build stuff, the fun stuff. Often structural intervention requires difficult, if not dangerous construction techniques and we are often thought of as heroes because of some of the things we’ve been able to accomplish. Whether it is saving Fallingwater, which was very dramatic, or the less dramatic, such as saving the brownstone in Brooklyn as mentioned in last week’s New York Times, which Peg was so instrumental in bringing to the forefront. We are constructors. Thank you all for recognizing us. We still have a lot of work to do though. Let’s do it together. Onward,” Silman said in his acceptance speech.

Kenneth Cobb received the Public Leadership Award for securing and making available to the public a remarkable collection of “tax photographs,” which provided documentation of nearly every building that stood in the City in 1939-42. Historic House Trust received the Preservation Organization Award for providing essential support for historic buildings of architectural and cultural significance located within city parks and open to the public. Owners, managers, architects and restorers responsible for 11 outstanding preservation projects completed in 2009 accepted the awards.

This year’s project award recipients included: High Line, Beacon Theatre, American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Lobby, 36 Grace Court, Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Flushing Friends Meeting House, MacIntyre Building, Park Lane at Sea View, Roosevelt House and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

“We are here tonight thanks to the vision of long time board member Stephen Lash. He reached out two decades ago to his great friend Lucy Moses – the result is these awards that commemorate her passion for preservation and the city. We are grateful for that initial generosity and for the continued friendship of the Henry and Lucy G. Moses fund,” the Conservancy President said.