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Armstrong House Receives Preservation Award
FROM: Preservation League of New York State
44 Central Avenue
Albany NY 12206-3002
CONTACTS: Colleen M. Ryan,
Director of Public Relations
Preservation League of New York State
518-462-5658, ext. 17;
Maria Terrone,
Director of Communications
Queens College
Maria Matteo,
News Assistant
Queens College
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Louis Armstrong House, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects to be Honored

ALBANY, April 22, 2004 – The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens to receive its prestigious Excellence in Preservation Award for 2004. The firm of Platt Byard Dovell White Architects will also be recognized for their work on the project. This statewide awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the preservation of New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a celebration of an icon of American Jazz, but also of the of the vernacular architecture of the 20th century, and project managers took a sensitive approach to historic preservation when making the changes required for public access,” said Scott P. Heyl, President of the Preservation League. “The project transformed a modest private dwelling into a house museum that is now a principal destination along New York’s ‘Jazz Trail,’ and the efforts of all those involved are highly commendable.”

The project was managed by the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and supported by the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. The project conservator was Jablonski Berkowitz.

“It is a great honor to win this award,” said Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House. “The dedicated efforts of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Queens College, Borough President Helen Marshall, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, and many others made it possible.

“Visitors have told us that they can feel the living presence of Armstrong in the House,” Cogswell continued. “In a manuscript we discovered there, Louis had written, ‘The House may not be the nicest looking front — but when one visits the interior of the Armstrong home they see a whole lot of comfort, happiness and the nicest things.’ I am delighted that the Preservation League of New York State has recognized the importance of sharing the home of Louis and Lucille Armstrong, and their generous spirit, with the public for generations to come.”

The award will be presented at the Preservation League’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in New York City at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12th at The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street at Park Avenue.

Other award recipients include: U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, 22nd Congressional District, for Individual Excellence; The New York City Department of Design & Construction, Health Unit, for Organizational Excellence; C. Rieger’s Sons Factory, Bronx; The Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn; Richmond Avenue Roundabouts, Buffalo; The Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County; and The Emerson Place Project, Watertown, Jefferson County.

“Excellence in Preservation Awards are our principal means of honoring the preservation community and educating the public about the important contribution that historic preservation projects make to our quality of life throughout New York State,” said Heyl. “Each year, we are impressed by the number and variety of laudable projects, and 2004 was no exception. We are delighted to give the Louis Armstrong House Museum the statewide recognition it deserves.”

The Preservation League Statewide Awards Program is funded by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation of Miami, Florida.

By leading a statewide preservation movement, sharing information and expertise and raising a unified voice, the Preservation League of New York State promotes historic preservation as a tool to revitalize our neighborhoods and communities, honor our heritage and enrich our lives.


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