Andrew Dolkart

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Andrew Scott Dolkart is the James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and Director of the school's Historic Preservation Program. Professor Dolkart is an authority on the preservation of historically significant architecture and an expert in the architecture and development of New York City. He was recently described as someone who is "without peer among New York's architectural researchers" by architectural critic Francis Morrone[1] and he has written extensively on this topic. Before joining the faculty at Columbia he held a position at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and worked as a consultant. Dolkart is a popular lecturer and walking tour guide.

Dolkart holds a BA from Colgate University (1973) and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1977).

Historic Preservation[edit]

In an interview with the Columbia Spectator Dolkart recalled that he first became interested in Historic Preservation in his first year of doctoral studies in Art History.[2] Dolkart has had a continuous presence in the preservation field in New York since he graduated from the Historic Preservation program at Columbia in 1977. He has authored many of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's reports and served as an editor for the first three editions of the Guide to New York City Landmarks. In 2008 he was named Director of the program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University,[3] a position previously held by James Marston Fitch (1964–1977), Robert A.M. Stern, and Paul Spencer Byard (1998–2008). In 2009 he was awarded tenure, becoming the second tenured Director in the history of the Historic Preservation program.

Prizes and Awards[edit]

  • Society of Architectural Historians, Antoinette Forrester Downing Award for "The Row House Reborn," 2012.
  • New York City Book Awards, Architectural History Award for "The Row House Reborn," 2010.
  • Victorian Society in America, Metropolitan Chapter, Architectural History Award for "The Row House Reborn," 2010.
  • New York City Book Awards, Cultural History Award for "Biography of a Tenement House in New York City," 2007.
  • Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. Special Citation for "Biography of a Tenement House in New York City," 2007.
  • Historic Districts Council, Grass Roots Preservation Award. Awarded for advocacy in the preservation of the Thomson Meter Company Building, Brooklyn. 2004.
  • Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies and Museums. Award for Excellence in archival-based scholarship, 2002, for "Central Synagogue in Its Changing Neighborhood."
  • Victorian Society in America New York Chapter. Award for contributions to the preservation of New York’s Victorian built environment, 1999.
  • Winner, Association of American Publishers's 1998 Award for Excellence in Professional/Scholarly Publishing, Best Book in Architecture and Urban Planning for "Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture and Development."

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
  • Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street (University of Virginian Press, 2006).
  • Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development (Columbia University Press, 1998).
  • Guide to New York City Landmarks (1992; expanded and updated, John Wiley, 1998, 2003)

Full List of Publications[edit]

  • “The Fabric of New York City’s Garment District: Architecture and Development in an Urban Cultural Landscape,” Buildings and Landscapes (spring 2011).
  • “From Rag Trade to Riches: Abraham E. Lefcourt Builds the Garment District” (in Rebecca Kobrin, ed., Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism, 2012).
  • The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
  • Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street (University of Virginian Press, 2006).
  • "Millionaires Elysiums: The Luxury Apartment Hotels of Schultze & Weaver," Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (forthcoming spring 2005).
  • The Carnegie Mansion and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: The History of a House (Scala/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2002).
  • Central Synagogue In Its Changing Neighborhood (Central Synagogue, 2002).
  • Touring Lower Manhattan: Three Walks in New York’s Historic Downtown (New York Landmarks Conservancy, 2000).
  • Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development (Columbia University Press, 1998).
  • Guide to New York City Landmarks (1992; expanded and updated, John Wiley, 1998, 2003)
  • Touring Historic Harlem: Four Walks in Northern Manhattan (New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1997).
  • Gramercy: Its Architectural Surroundings (Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, 1996).
  • The Dictionary of Art (London: Macmillan, 1996); major entry on the development of New York City and entries on seven architects.
  • New Architecture in Brooklyn, 1985-1995 (Rotunda Gallery, 1995).
  • Touring the Upper East Side: Walks in Five Historic Districts (New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1995).
  • George & Edward Blum: Texture and Design in New York Apartment Buildings, with Susan Tunick (Friends of Terra Cotta, 1993).
  • "Homes for People: Non-Profit Cooperatives in New York, 1916-1929," SITES (May 1989); reprinted Cooperative Housing Journal (1993).
  • Forging a Metropolis: Walking Tours of Lower Manhattan Architecture (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990).
  • This is Brooklyn: A Guide to Brooklyn's Historic Districts and Landmarks (Fund for the Borough of Brooklyn, 1990).
  • The Texture of Tribeca (Tribeca Community Association, 1989).
  • Downtown Brooklyn Walking Tours (Fund for the Borough of Brooklyn, 1989).
  • Living the Dream: City and Suburban's York Avenue Estate (Coalition to Save City and Suburban Homes, 1988).
  • "Hudson View Gardens: A Home in the City," SITES (May 1988).
  • Lower Manhattan Architectural Survey (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 1987).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morrone, Francis. "Low in the Lower East Side." The New York Sun. December 26, 2006.
  2. ^ Choi, Christine. "Dolkart Takes Over as Director of Historic Preservation Program." The Columbia Spectator. November 20, 2008.
  3. ^ Dunlap, David W. "Columbia Names Director of Historic Preservation." City Room Blog, The New York Times. October 30, 2008.