april

Landmarks Program to Recognize Six Historic Properties

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tony malkin

This year, the Landmarks Recognition Program will celebrate the documentation and plaquing of four unique and historically significant Greenwich properties, including a dazzling mid-century design, two charming Tudors and a chateau worthy of French royalty. We also plan to present two Preservation Awards as part of our semiannual program that honors individuals, organizations and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Greenwich’s historical resources.

The keynote speaker will be Anthony E. Malkin, chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, the real estate investment trust that owns the Empire State Building, as well as 18 other properties in New York City. Mr. Malkin will discuss the deftly researched and highly skilled restoration of the Empire State Building’s lobby--one of the few interiors in New York to be designated a historic landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. A team of experts worked for nearly two years to restore the aesthetic of the original 1930 design including recreating an ornate ceiling mural and historic glasswork while introducing a contemporary visitor processing system and employing state-of-the-art technology.

Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, JLL, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building. He is a board member of the Real Estate Roundtable and chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, a member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, member of the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council, member of the Building Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, member of the Advisory Board of Mission Point Capital Partners, and member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Mr. Malkin received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College.

A champagne reception will precede the program.

Sunday, April 29, 2018; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Greenwich Country Club

Tickets: $75 for individual; $250 for Patron Level; $500 for Benefactor Level

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

may

Story Barn: This Is Not a Drill

Friday, May 11, 2018

Valerie Stauffer

Story Barn is a popular biannual event that explores various themes through the sharing of personal stories from “the sublime to the ridiculous” and everything in between. Here’s the catch: The stories must be true, told without notes and limited to 10 minutes.

This time around, the “double-entendre’d” theme This Is Not a Drill was selected based on the construction activity currently taking place on our site. Storytellers may use the given theme as a starting point but need not take it literally. The show is held in a cabaret-style setting and will be emceed by Bonnie Levison. Wine, beer and light snacks are included in the price of admission.

Frday, May 11
Doors open at 7:00 pm; show begins at 7:30 pm

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20

Vanderbilt Education Center

Anyone who is interested in participating as a storyteller should email Anna Greco or call her at 203-869-6899, ext. 31.

On the Paths of a Genius: Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut
Art, History and Landscape Lecture

Thursday, May 17, 2018

David Leff

Experience the fascinating story of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s “father of landscape architecture,” through verbal and pictorial imagery. Hartford-born in 1822, Olmsted designed major parks in New York (Central and Prospect), Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as outdoor treasures in many other cities. Among his Connecticut designs are Seaside and Beardsley Parks in Bridgeport, Walnut Hill in New Britain and the Institute of Living campus in Hartford. Even closer to home, Olmsted Brothers Landscape Design, in partnership with architect I.N. Phelps Stokes, designed and constructed Greenwich’s Khakum Wood. Learn how the landscape architect’s formative years in his native state influenced his brilliantly executed and far-seeing designs, how this master park maker was able to create a sense of nature in the densest urban areas and why his designs endure more than a century later.

David K. Leff is an essayist, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He is the author of five nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and a novel in verse. In 2016–2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). His journals, correspondence and other papers are archived at the University of Massachusetts Libraries in Amherst. More info here.

This lecture is presented in memory of David R. Wierdsma.

Thursday, May 17

Doors open at 6:30 pm for wine and light refreshments;
45-minute program begins at 7:00 pm and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20
Reservations required

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A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer’s request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.

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