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Andrew Dolkart

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Associate Professor
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Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program and the James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, is a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia's Historic Preservation Program. He has been active in historic preservation in New York City for over thirty years, as a staff member at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as a freelance consultant, and as a teacher. He has worked extensively with neighborhood groups on preservation efforts and has completed scores of National Register nominations, Landmark Commission designation reports, historic resource surveys for environmental reviews, and urban cultural resource inventories. Andrew has also written extensively about his passion, the architecture and development of New York City, focusing in particular on the city's everyday, vernacular building types. His books include Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development, which won the American Association of Publishers award for best academic book in architecture and planning, and the award-winning Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street, which was published in a revised, second edition, in 2012. His book, The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City 1908-1929 (2009) won several awards, including the Society of Architectural Historians prestigious Antoinette Forrester Downing Award. He is currently working the development of New York's Garment District and has published two articles on this subject and curated an exhibition, Urban Fabric: The Architecture of New York’s Garment District, at the Skyscraper Museum. In addition, Andrew is a board member of several local preservation groups, has been interviewed for many documentaries, and is well-known for his architectural walking tours of New York. At Columbia, Andrew teaches classes in American architecture and in the architecture and development of New York City, as well as Historic Preservation Studio.

 
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
 
The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City 1908-1929 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
 
“New York Vernacular City: Expanding the Canon of New York City Architecture,” in Building America: Eine Grosse Erzählung (Thelem, 2008).
 
Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street.(Center for American Places, 2006). Winner, Social History Award, New York City Book Awards
 
 "Millionaires Elysiums: The Luxury Apartment Hotels of Schultze & Weaver," Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (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). Winner, Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies and Museums 2002 Award for Excellence.
 
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). Winner, Association of American Publishers 1998 Award for Excellence in Professional/Scholarly Publishing, Best Book in Architecture and Urban Planning.
 
Guide to New York City Landmarks (1992; expanded and updated, John Wiley, 1998, 2003, 2009).
 
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)