May 16, 2019 dataharvest

Celebration of the life of Jack Taylor 1925-2019

A fierce preservationist whose contributions to New York City are too numerous to name here

Friday, May 17th at 4pm
St. George’s Episcopal Church
4 Rutherford Place and East 16th St
East of Third Ave

Please join the Historic Districts Council, his friends, colleagues and family for a celebration of the life of Jack Taylor. The event will take place on Friday, May 17th at 4pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4 Rutherford Place and East 16th Street, just west of Stuyvesant Square Park in Manhattan. The 1846 church was designed by Blesch & Eidlitz is an individual NYC Landmark and located within the Stuyvesant Square Historic District. It is also designated as a National Historic Landmark and is regarded as one of the best examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in New York City. All are welcome at the event. Jack Taylor (1925 – 2019) passed away on February 8th at the age of 93. Jack was a longtime HDC Board member and the President of the Drive to Protect the Ladies’ Mile District. He was a fierce and tireless advocate for the architecture and history of New York City, focusing specifically on the neighborhoods surrounding Union Square. He took particular interest in the preservation of commercial neighborhood of Ladies’ Mile and the cultural history of New York City, both concerns which were considered somewhat esoteric when he became involved in preservation in the mid1980’s; trying to save Luchow’s restaurant on 14th Street and Antonin Dvorak’s home on East 17th Street. Although both sites were unfortunately lost, Jack never ceased fighting for the buildings he felt were important to our city and he was instrumental in the designation of the East 17th Street/Irving Place Historic District, the Guardian Life Annex, Scheffel Hall, and Tammany Hall among others. He was a consistent presence at Landmarks Preservation Commission hearings and Community Board meetings for decades; embodying the axiom that “designation is just the beginning” by closely reviewing countless proposals that affected the buildings and sites he loved. An inveterate, laser sharp editor and prolific postal correspondent, Jack was wellknown for sending typed letters and press clippings, adorned with Post-it notes, often typed on two sides, offering advice, drawing attention to concerns and politely, but firmly, urging a specific action. His passing was reported by and , a paper he was a loyal reader of but never forgave for inveighing against the designation of the Dvorak House We were strengthened by his presence and his absence is keenly felt. Please join us on Friday, May 17th to celebrate his life.