The Inside Story of Penn Central: An Interview with Frank Gilbert
New York Archives project
Preservationists know the significance of the Penn Central case, but don’t think much about the nail-biting events that led up to the influential 1978 Supreme Court decision that established the constitutionality of New York’s Landmarks Law. It’s a dramatic story that involves celebrities, financial shenanigans, contentious meetings, delays, and tenacious work by preservationists. To find out more, read the interview with former National Trust employee Frank Gilbert available on The New York Archives project website. Gilbert was the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s first staff lawyer who held the positions of secretary and executive director during his tenure.