Throughout the year Preservation Alumni hosts or sponsors a variety of activities that spotlight the work of fellow alumnae, promote preservation causes, and strengthen professional relationships within the field. While most of PA's events take place in the New York region, we look to conferences and symposiums as opportunities to reconnect in different areas of the country or world. And as always, we encourage our members to organize their own events wherever they may be and share the details with us here.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
    • 45 W Clinton Ave, Irvington, NY
    Join us on April 28th for a tour of the magnificent Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House, located in Irvington, NY. The Octagon House is the only known fully domed, octagonal residence and the only house built in the form of an ancient classical temple in the United States. The home was built in the 1860s by Paul J. Armour, but New York City tea merchant Joseph Stiner added the dome and verandah to create the elaborate Roman-style temple. 

    The house was briefly owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1976 but was ultimately resold in 1978 to a private citizen. Joseph Pell Lombardi (HP class of 1983), the owner, is a preservation architect specializing in conservation, restoration and historic preservation throughout the world. Under the direction of Lombardi’s son, Michael Hall Lombardi has managed, researched and performed restoration work throughout the house, including the Egyptian Revival Room, Basement, Kitchen, Greenhouse & Studio and much of the decorative surfaces.

    The house and grounds have been restored to their 1872 appearance. The interior of the house, its decoration and its 1870s furnishings are the best display in the country of the American neo-Roman style, popular for a brief period in the third quarter of the 19th century. Under the guidance of Michael Hall Lombardi, the only domestic Egyptian Revival room still in existence with its original 19th century furnishings and decoration has been reinstated. The house has been the subject of numerous articles and awards.

    The tour is open to current students and alumni. Members will meet at Grand Central at 9:45am to take the 10:07am train from Grand Central to Ardsley-on-Hudson. Tours will begin at 11.30am. The first tour will take place from 11:30-12:30 and the second tour will take place from 12:30-1:30. While the first tour is taking place, the other half of the group can enjoy light refreshments and appetizers/snacks on the porch and see the grounds. Then the groups will switch and the second group will tour, while the first group enjoys the grounds and refreshments. We will return on the 2:14pm train back to Grand Central.

    Please email us at if you plan on driving and we can coordinate parking.

Past events

05 Apr 2019 Annual Pub Crawl: Gramercy Park
28 Mar 2019 Historic Preservation Program Open House
31 Jan 2019 PA Mentor Mingle
09 Dec 2018 Members Tour: Great Hall, New York Hall of Science
24 Sep 2018 Alumni Reception at APT Conference
20 Sep 2018 Fall Party: 79th Street Boat Basin
10 May 2018 Spring Party: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
28 Apr 2018 Spring Work Day: Mt. Vernon Museum
06 Apr 2018 Annual Pub Crawl: Brooklyn
13 Sep 2017 Fall Party: Boat Basin Cafe
21 Jul 2017 RESCHEDULED: Members Only Tour: Woolworth Building
14 Jun 2017 Fitch Fellows Welcome Reception
18 May 2017 Spring Party and PA Leadership Award Presentation
29 Apr 2017 Spring Work Day: Green-Wood Cemetery
13 Apr 2017 Martha Demas: Mogao Grottoes - Taking the Long View of Cultural Heritage
06 Apr 2017 Leo Schmidt: The Fall and Rise of the Berlin Wall
30 Mar 2017 PA @ DOCOMOMO_US - Happy Hour Event
28 Mar 2017 Members Only Tour: The Red Room at One Wall Street
24 Mar 2017 Annual Pub Crawl: Astoria
16 Mar 2017 Fitch Foundation / UPenn Design + Heritage Symposium
06 Mar 2017 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture: Francine Houben
02 Mar 2017 Frank Matero: Material Matters
23 Feb 2017 GSAPP HP Lecture Series: The Shadow Casters
06 Dec 2016 Members Only Tour: St. Patrick's Cathedral
19 Nov 2016 Members Only Tour: Hispanic Society of America
09 Nov 2016 2016 Landmarks Lion Award
03 Nov 2016 Heroism & Hubris: Mark Pasnik
02 Nov 2016 Public Summit for the Future of Penn Station
27 Oct 2016 Round Table: Digital Technology for Heritage Preservation
22 Sep 2016 2016 Modernism in America Awards
15 Sep 2016 Annual PA Fall Party
21 May 2016 Members Only Tour: Gould Memorial Library
10 May 2016 PA Spring Party & Leadership Award Presentation
09 Apr 2016 Spring Work Day - New Bethel Way of the Cross Church of Christ
26 Feb 2016 Tribeca Pub Crawl
17 Oct 2015 The Fitch Colloquium: Beyond the Five Boroughs: International Preservation Insights
19 Sep 2015 Fall Work Day - Highbridge Park
16 Sep 2015 Annual PA Fall Party
17 Jul 2015 Members Only Tour with Andrew Scott Dolkart, Saving Place Exhibit at MCNY
05 May 2015 Preservation Alumni's Spring Party & Inaugural Preservation Alumni Leadership Award
22 Apr 2015 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture: Gro Bonesmo, Nedregate Culture District/Space Group
13 Apr 2015 Inquiry HP: Andrew Burdick & Meisha Hunter Burkett
11 Mar 2015 Members-Only Tour of the Woolworth Building
02 Mar 2015 Inquiry HP: Xenia Vytuelva
16 Feb 2015 Inquiry HP: Bartosz Dajnowski
27 Sep 2014 Fall Work Day
23 Sep 2014 PA Fall Party
28 May 2014 West Coast Preservation Alumni Cocktail Hour
07 May 2014 PA Spring Party!
26 Apr 2014 PA Spring 2014 Work Day
26 Oct 2013 PA Fall Work day
24 Sep 2013 PA's Annual Fall Party!
27 Jun 2013 Members-Only Tour of 5 Beekman Street
22 May 2013 Harry Bertoia at the Intersection of Art & Architecture
15 May 2013 Spring Party at the Boat Basin Cafe
14 May 2013 NYC Design Week: Bertoia Unbound
25 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Kateryna Goncharova
18 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Barbara Campagna
09 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Benjamin Mouton
28 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Will Tippens
07 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Matt Reiley
04 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Francesco Bandarin
28 Feb 2013 InQuiry HP: Witold Rybczinsky
27 Feb 2013 Byard Memorial Lecture
19 Dec 2012 New York Preservation Archive Project's Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit
06 Dec 2012 From the Colonial Era to the Colonial Revival: the Installation of Two Period Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
04 Dec 2012 Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District
15 Nov 2012 [INQUIRY:HP] Edward Durell Stone: American Modernist // HICKS STONE
13 Nov 2012 Preserving the Metropolis - APT NYC 2013 Conference Fundraiser
01 Nov 2012 Neighborhood Preservation Center Birthday Celebration
27 Oct 2012 PA Fall Work Day: Prospect Cemetery, Oct. 27
23 Oct 2012 World Monuments Fund Hadrian Award Gala After Party
25 Sep 2012 Fall Party at the Merchant's House Museum
20 Sep 2012 PA in LA: Our First West Coast Meet Up!
21 Jun 2012 Informal Get-Together at The Frying Pan!
13 May 2012 CANCELLED: PA Spring Work Day at the South Street Seaport Museum!
10 May 2012 Spring Party: A Toast to Janet Foster
31 Mar 2012 Fitch Colloquium
31 Mar 2012 PA Career Fair at the Fitch Colloquium
30 Mar 2012 Preservation Class of 2014 Meet & Greet
23 Mar 2012 The Monuments Conservancy's 22nd Annual Symposium
02 Mar 2012 The Great Outside: Preserving Public and Private Open Spaces
10 Feb 2012 PA Winter Pub Crawl
02 Feb 2012 GSAPP Paul S. Byard Lecture: David Chipperfield
29 Nov 2011 The Roebling Legacy Book Reading with Clifford Zink
12 Nov 2011 PA Fall Work Day at the Dyckman Farmhouse
01 Nov 2011 PA Fall Party at the Park Avenue Armory
22 Oct 2011 Exclusive Columbia alumni-only tour of Richardson Olmsted Complex
20 Oct 2011 Columbia alumni building tour & reception at Trust Conference
16 Sep 2011 [Pres]Arch Website Launch Party
30 Aug 2011 PA Vice President and HP Alum Mikel Travisano will lecture on his role in the current Merchant’s House Museum restoration
19 May 2011 PA's 30th Anniversary Party
19 Apr 2011 Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
11 Dec 2010 PA Fall Work Day at West-Park Presbyterian Church
22 Nov 2010 Hubert-Jan Henket on new preservation approaches for the Modern Movement
25 Mar 2010 Happy Hour at Amsterdam Café
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