A Monumental Preservation

December 1, 2006

Morris Hylton, a member of the BFA Interior Design Department faculty, does not confine his lessons to the classroom. In fact, he doesn’t even necessarily keep his students in New York City: as a new project development manager for the World Monuments Fund, he gets his students involved in preserving important cultural landmarks around the globe.

Work from one of his most recent conservation projects will be on display this week at the New York Studio School (NYSS). “Preserving the Past, Designing the Future” is an exhibition of the preservation and design plan for the NYSS’s landmark building in Greenwich Village, which was developed by SVA students. “It was the first Whitney Museum of American Art and contained Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s private studio—a hidden treasure!” says Hylton of the building. “The NYSS was so pleased with the students’ plan that they formally adopted it to guide the rehabilitation and restoration work of the building, which is a National Historic Landmark.” The designs will be on display through Wednesday, December 6, in the lobby gallery of the NYSS, 8 West 8th Street.

Image: Robert Winthrop Chandler, from the master plan for the preservation of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s studio, 2006.

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