Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Preservation of Our Architectural Treasures
With Deborah Zelcer
We celebrate Women’s History Month with a focus on one of our favorite women. Our beloved Jackie entered the public consciousness as a glamour figure and political wife, who made the Kennedy White House a global symbol of American culture and power. The world watched as she transitioned from wife, mother, and widow, to urbane working woman and preservation advocate. Learn about the very important role that our most unforgettable First Lady played in defining good taste, high culture, and the importance of preserving the livability and distinctive architectural character of American cities.
We will visit buildings associated with her charmed and often not-so-charmed existence, and consider her very important advocacy work in shaping and preserving New York.
With MAS Board Member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the lead, the MAS formed the Committee to Save Grand Central Terminal in response to the Penn Central Railroad’s proposal to demolish the station. On April 16, 1978, more than 400 advocates traveled by train, dubbed the “Landmark Express,” to Washington D.C., in order to call attention to the Supreme Court hearing on the designation of the train station as a city historic landmark.