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Ms. Christabel Gough


Society for the Architecture of the City

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Society for the Architecture of the City

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The "People's Hearing" [cached]

Christabel Gough, Society for the Architecture of the City

Plots & Plans: Hines plans 75-story tower at 53 West 53rd Street designed by Jean Nouvel [cached]

Christabel Gough, the executive director of the Society for the Architecture of the City, told the commission that "one of the great landmark enigmas of New York has always been the landmark status of the Modern Museum," adding that "if the Modern Museum had been landmarked, even if the area around it, full of distinguished buildings, had become a Modern Museum Historic District, it might be easier to argue that there was a harmonious relationship of some kind, at least historically, it is, 'harmonious relationship' seems elusive, and while the University Club and St. Thomas Church as landmarks are entitled to take advantage of their rights under zoning, the likelihood of their falling into disrepair appears remote."

The Midtown Book - Carnegie Hall/Carnegie Hall Tower [cached]

Christabel Gough, secretary of The Society for the Architecture of The City, told the commission that "the destruction of the roofscape would be destruction of a significant architectural feature which should be sacrosanct under the landmarks law. "The use of these spaces or their re-purposing," she continued, "should not be allowed to lead to the removal of the visible reminders of studio history.

Yesterday, Christabel Gough ... [cached]

Yesterday, Christabel Gough sent us some answers. We print her letter at length below. Spoiler alert: yes, the process is awry and the zoning creates serious negative impacts that "cannot be mitigated. Ms. Gough also wins our understatement prize of the week for her concluding sentence of this essay.

Tribecans may wonder, who is Christabel Gough? The short of it is that she is one of New York City's most articulate architectural critics and preservationists. She founded the Society for the Architecture of the City which long ago published Village Views, one of the more notable journals to come out of the preservation movement. Ms. Gough is a Landmarks Lion of the Historic Districts Council.
Christabel Gough

Local historian Francis Marrone and ... [cached]

Local historian Francis Marrone and dedicated preservationist Christabel Gough will be receiving CHA's annual "Cobble Hill Hero Awards."

Gough is an officer for the Society for the Architecture of the City, covering landmark hearings for the West Village. At the meeting, Gough will be speaking on the topic of "Can Cobble Hill avoid Manhattanization?

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