Amanda Davis (MSHP ‘06), Project Manager, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Amanda Davis has overseen the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project’s documentation initiatives since its founding in 2015. On behalf of the Project, she has spoken to various audiences at the city, state, and national levels, and also authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Caffe Cino. In 2018, she was named to the National Trust’s inaugural “40 Under 40: People Saving Places” list, in recognition of her efforts to help tell America’s full history. She loves that the replica she sewed of the iconic 1966 “Annual Reminder” dress worn by the late Barbara Gittings was enthusiastically approved by Gittings’ life partner, Kay Lahusen.
An experienced architectural historian, Amanda previously worked at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Architectural Resources Group (in Los Angeles), and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. She holds a BA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Andrew Dolkart (MSHP ‘77), Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia GSAPP, Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Andrew S. Dolkart has been active in historic preservation in New York City for over forty years. 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 the architecture and development of New York City, focusing in particular on the city’s everyday, vernacular building types and how they influenced the character of neighborhoods.
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; Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street; and The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City 1908-1929 (2009), which won the Society of Architectural Historians Antoinette Forrester Downing Award. In 2015, he co-founded the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, for which he has completed the National Register nominations for Julius’ Bar, the Alice Austen House, and Columbia University’s Earl Hall. Prior to this, he co-authored the Stonewall National Register and National Historic Landmark nomination reports and contributed to the 1994 map “A Guide to Lesbian & Gay New York Historical Landmarks.”
Ken Lustbader (MSHP '93), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Ken Lustbader is a co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first cultural heritage initiative and educational resource to document historic sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City. For over 25 years, he has been one of the national pioneers in issues related to LGBT history, documentation, and historic preservation. His involvement in LGBT place-based history began in 1993 when he authored “Landscape of Liberation: Preserving Lesbian and Gay History in Greenwich Village,” for which he received the 1993 Outstanding M.S. Historic Preservation Thesis award at Columbia University. Soon after, he helped create the 1994 map “A Guide to Lesbian & Gay New York Historical Landmarks.” More recently, he co-authored the “LGBT History Tour, Greenwich Village, NYC” walking tour brochure and map, that highlights LGBT historic sites around Stonewall National Monument. Between 2007 and 2015, he served as Historic Preservation Program Director at the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Prior to that he was lead consultant for the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, which advocated for the conservation of in situ elements of the World Trade Center that are now integral components of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Between 1994 and 2002, he was the Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program.
Jay Shockley (MSHP NG '80), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Jay Shockley retired in 2015 as senior historian at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission where since 1979 he researched and wrote over 100 designation reports covering all aspects of the city’s architectural, social, and cultural history. In 1993, he helped pioneer the concept of recognizing LGBT place-based history by incorporating it into the Commission’s reports. He co-authored the Stonewall nomination, which resulted in the first-ever National Register of Historic Places (1999) and National Historic Landmark (2000) listings for an LGBT site. He was the author of the chapter “Preservation of LGBTQ Historic & Cultural Sites – A New York City Perspective” in the National Park Service’s LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History (2016), which received the 2018 Buchanan Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. In collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association in 2017, he co-authored the text for the “LGBT History Tour, Greenwich Village, NYC” walking tour brochure and map that highlights LGBT historic sites around Stonewall National Monument.