A symposium is being held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 9AM to 5PM to honor James Marston Fitch, a founding father of historic preservation in the United States. Fitch was an architect, preservationist, and a founder of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He was an advocate for saving structures of historic significance and supervised the renovation of the Grand Central Terminal.
The topic for this year will be “The Preservationists’ Eye: Esthetics in Reuse and Conservation of the Historic Built Environment” and will be held at the recently restored Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at 15 East 84th Street in New York City.
Speakers will include Susan Buck, Rick Cook, David DeLong, Andrew Dolkart, Alison Hirsch, Randy Mason, Frank Matero, John Stubbs, George Wheeler, and Michael Van Valkenberg. For more information visit http://www.fitchfoundation.org/.
In 1988, the James Marston Fitch Foundation was established. This foundation awards research grants of up to $25,000 for mid-career professionals with experience, a background, and established expertise in historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history or the decorative arts. These grants are awarded to foster innovative research and design in the practice of historic preservation.
The deadline for applying for the Fitch Mid-Career Grant and the Richard L. Blinder Award is Wednesday, September 16, 2009.