MAHP December 2010 Updates
Release date: December 14, 2010
Debra Pickrel (MAHP 2007) recently co-authored The Luxembourg House on Beekman Place: Three Portraits in Time. Published by the Consulate General of Luxembourg in New York, the book chronicles the history of 17 Beekman Place located between First Avenue and the East River from 49th to 51st Street in Manhattan. Designed by Harold Sterner, 17 Beekman Place was commissioned by James Forrestal, a Wall Street executive who would later become the first Secretary of Defense when the Department of War was reorganized in 1947 under President Truman. For the next 42 years, 17 Beekman Street was home to Irving Berlin. A year after his death, the house was purchased by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for its cultural and diplomatic center in New York City. Lavishly illustrated, Debra and her co-authors Pamela Hanlon and Marianne Matthews, have written an engaging history of a New York City landmark.
MAHP prgoram director Richard Wagner's architectural firm has won the 2010 Virginia Downtown Development Association's Merit Award for his design for a mixed use project in Middleburg Virginia involving both rehabilitation of listed historic buildings and new infill construction. The project fills in a gap on the town's main street, strengthening the community's historic commercial architecture.