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Board Member

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Victorian Society New York
232 East 11 Street
New York , New York 10003
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • joint degree , Historic Preservation and Urban Planning
    Columbia University
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Victorian Society in America: Metropolitan Chapter: Newsletter, 10 Feb 2015 [cached]
Kate Wood (02-08)
2 Columbus Circle | The New York Preservation Archive Project, 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
Kate Wood, Executive Director of LANDMARK WEST!, a leader and close inside observer of the campaign constructed a timeline for significant events associated with the building and the campaign to save it.
New York Preservation Archive Project :: NYPAP Public Programs, 21 Feb 2010 [cached]
Kate Wood
Interviewer: Kate Wood
Kate Wood
Whether testifying before the Landmarks Preservation Committee, arguing a case in front of the City Planning Commission, rallying in front of an endangered building, or sitting in a crowded courtroom, Kate Wood has "emerged" as a preservation advocate.
As Executive Director of Landmark West!, Ms. Wood protects the architectural heritage of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood - a neighborhood which today, in large part due to LW's efforts, has over 2,600 landmark buildings.
Ms. Wood and her staff often advise residents, property owners, businesses and neighborhood groups on how to safeguard historic properties and educate them about available resources. She also works closely with the Landmark West! Committee of Appropriateness to ensure that adverse changes are not made to the neighborhood's architectural resources.
The effectiveness of Ms. Wood's voice impacts historic districts, individual landmarks, and other architectural treasures outside the boundaries of the Upper West Side. She fights to ensure that dangerous precedents are not set that could jeopardize the historic fabric of all areas of the city, such as allowing an oversized tower to be built on a midblock, and has worked to regulate the installation of public pay telephones.
Before coming to LW!, Ms. Wood served as the co-chair of the Save the Coogan! Coalition in the Midtown South area of Manhattan and, in recognition of this work, received a Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council.
Ms. Wood is a graduate of Columbia University's Historic Preservation and Urban Planning programs.
Speaker Bios - The 2011 Fitch Forum, 18 Oct 2014 [cached]
Kate Wood, Moderator
Kate Wood has a joint degree in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University. She leads efforts to protect the architectural heritage of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood as Executive Director of LANDMARKWEST! since 2001.
This and two other advocacy campaigns led by Kate won Grassroots Preservation Awards from the Historic Districts Council.
Kate spearheaded LW's recent study of the Central Park West skyline, which identifies sites where existing regulations create potential for inappropriate development and recommends fresh planning strategies to encourage preservation. In December 2010, LW! launched New York's first iPhone app walking tour of the Upper West Side, featuring Central Park West and environs. Kate is a founding member of the Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation, working on key reforms to New York's landmarks preservation process. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council and teaches in Columbia's Historic Preservation program.
The Campaign to Preserve 2 Columbus Circle [cached]
Kate Wood, Executive Director of LANDMARK WEST!, a leader and close inside observer of the campaign constructed a timeline for significant events associated with the building and the campaign to save it.
According to an October 14, 2003, email to Kate Wood, executive director of LW! from CB 5 District Manager Kathy Kinsella, "That does not mean that the Board took the opposite position; it means that we have no position.
Executive Director Kate Wood discover among EDC files obtained via a Freedom of Information Law request a "draft memo" entitled"Strategy for 2 Columbus Circle,"dated June 13, 2002.
LW! Executive Director Kate Wood begins meeting with City Council members who sit on the Manhattan Borough Board, the government body that must ultimately affirm the sale of public property.
Kate Wood and HDC Board Member David Freudenthal meet with Council Member Christine Quinn regarding Borough Board vote on 2 Columbus Circle (Board's public hearing and vote did not occur until August 2004).
Executive Director Kate Wood, who calls the meeting "a dog-day sneak attack," an attempt to move a controversial issue forward when many New Yorkers are out of town.
Executive Director Kate Wood called "2 Columbus Circle and the Need to Preserve Preservation," which describes the battle to save 2 Columbus Circle in the context of LPC problems.
At the request of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, Kate Wood gives a presentation about 2 Columbus Circle advocacy to participants in the annual Preservation 360 conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. The focus of the conference is preserving the recent past.
Director Kate Wood: "I'm all for a public hearing for Madison Square Garden...It would tell us a lot about where we are in our ability to evaluate the architectural and historical significance of the recent past. The Landmarks Preservation Commission needs to embrace, not shy away from, this kind of discussion."
October 20, 2005
In an article entitled "Landmark Lunacy,"New York Post columnist Steve Cuozzo responds to Wood's statement on Madison Square Garden: "With that mind-boggling utterance, Wood voided whatever mirage of legitimacy existed to justify her organization's many lawsuits to block the sale of 2 Columbus Circle...But Wood's endorsement of public hearings before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Garden - a universally acknowledged affront to the eye, intellect and architecture - exposes the quest for public hearings on 2 Columbus Circle for what it is: a fraud in service of pathological preservationism alienated from the real world."
Executive Director Kate Wood. She says, "The failure of the LPC to give 2 Columbus Circle due process indicates that something is deeply wrong with New York's system for preserving its history.
Executive Director Kate Wood, "This institution supposedly dedicated to culture and stewardship destroyed the most important work of art in its collection.
Assembled by Kate Wood for the New York Preservation Archive Project, 2007-8
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