James Marston Fitch
James Marston Fitch (1909–2000) was an architect and a Preservationist, one of the founders of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in 1964. He was a member of the faculty there from 1954 to 1977, and received an honorary Litt.D. in 1980. The School has established a lecture series in his honor and endowed a named professorship, previously held by Andrew Dolkart and currently held by Erica Avrami.
After leaving the Columbia faculty, he become director of historic preservation at the private architecture and planning firm, Beyer Blinder Belle. He led the fight that prevented the construction of an expressway through Soho, to save the buildings at what is now the South Street Seaport, and, in the 1990s, he supervised the renovation of Grand Central Terminal.
The James Marston Fitch Foundation, established in his honor in 1988, awards $25,000-dollar research grants for historic preservation.
- American Building: The Environmental Forces that Shape It (1947, updated 1999)
- Historic Preservation: Curatorial Management of the Built World (1982).
- remarkable Columbians
- *ACSA Archives, Distinguished Professor Award winners.
- Obituary, New York Times