Peg Breen, President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, will welcome attendees as the Opening Keynote Speaker for APT NYC 2013. Ms. Breen will speak on
"Preservation in the Big Apple: At the Pinnacle...or on the Precipice?" -- about the joys and challenges faced by the NYLC in aiming to preserve buildings, districts and the built environmetn in New York, including lessons learned which can be applied to other cities.
The Conservancy, a 40 year-old non-profit organization dedicated to preserving New York’s architectural heritage, has loaned and granted more than $40 million and provided thousands of hours of technical assistance to individual homeowners, cultural and non-profit institutions, businesses and landmark religious institutions. The Conservancy also advocates for preservation at the local, state and national levels of government.
Ms. Breen is on the boards of Preservation Action, Save Ellis Island and the Governors Island Alliance and serves on an advisory board for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
After Superstorm Sandy, the Conservancy helped more than two dozen landmark non-profits and religious institutions with emergency grants and technical help.
After 9/11, Ms. Breen helped organize the Lower Manhattan Preservation Fund, which gave grants to owners of historic buildings damaged on that day; was a consulting party to redevelopment at Ground Zero; and helped save the Survivors Staircase—which will be featured in the memorial museum.
The U.S. State Department sent Ms. Breen abroad as a representative of New York City for
9/11 commemorations St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002 and Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia in 2003.
Ms. Breen was the keynote speaker at an international preservation conference in Havana, Cuba in April 2000 and led a workshop with Cuban preservationists on restoring religious properties. Ms. Breen co-sponsored preservation conferences in St. Petersburg Russia in March 2005 and June 2001. The U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg invited her to speak in March 2011 at an international conference on “Preserving Cultural Heritage.”
She has also served on the Boards of the State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Museum of the City of New York.
The Opening Keynote will follow the Conference's Opening Reception on Saturday, October 12, which starts at 5 p.m. APT conference registration includes admittance to this event and lecture. Review the agenda>