4/19 Event: Celebrating Historic Preservation in Crown Heights North






Celebrating Historic Preservation  in Crown Heights North

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:45 p.m.


5:45 p.m.: Refreshments

6:30 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks

6:45 p.m.: Presentations


Hosted by the Crown Heights North Association and 

the New York Preservation Archive Project


Join us for a celebration of the historic preservation movement in Crown Heights North, Brooklyn. The character and history of Crown Heights endures through the memories of its residents and the architectural beauty of the streetscape. The evening’s speakers have contributed to that lasting legacy by documenting oral histories and by campaigning for historic landmark status of unique sites and neighborhoods. The program will showcase oral history initiatives by the New York Preservation Archive Project, and the successful historic preservation achievements of the Crown Heights North Association, emphasizing the current designation efforts in the Crow Hill community. The event will also feature exemplary work by the Weeksville Heritage Center to preserve the Hunterfly Road Houses, establish an African American History museum at the site, and to document essential stories of Crown Heights communities.

Speakers will include:

  • Tia Powell Harris, President and Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Suzanne Spellen, board member of the Crown Heights North Association, writer and architectural historian, and contributor to Brownstoner
  • Gabriel Solis, a Brooklyn College student who is conducting oral histories in Crow Hill as well as photo surveys to assist the landmark preservation campaign
  • Anthony C. Wood, Founder and Chair of the New York Preservation Archive Project, an organization that promotes the history of New York City’s preservation movement through public programs, accessible primary source archives, and oral histories
  • Deborah Young, Co-Founder and President of the Crown Heights North Association, dedicated to the preservation of the historic buildings of the Crown Heights North community, and the revitalization, economic advancement, housing stabilization, and cultural enhancement of its residents


This event will take place at the:

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11213




Visit the event page for more information on this program.


Image: Crown Heights North, photo by Carl Forester, 2007; Courtesy of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission


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