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Our Vanishing Legacy

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Published on Oct 29, 2014

Our Vanishing Legacy was the first primetime broadcast advocating preservation efforts in New York City. Written and produced by award-winning producer Gordon Hyatt, the film has rarely been screened since it originally aired on WCBS-TV on September 21, 1961. Our Vanishing Legacy, made prior to the passage of the New York City Landmarks Law in 1965, looks at threats to the City's architectural heritage and argues the need to enact a law to protect important landmark buildings.

This documentary film is anchored by veteran CBS Correspondent Ned Calmer, one of Edward R. Murrow's original team of reporters. It explores landmarks including the recently saved Carnegie Hall, the prospects for the adaptive reuse of the Jefferson Market Courthouse, and commercial threats to the architectural integrity of Grand Central Terminal. The film includes rare footage of Pennsylvania Station, which was slated for demolition at the time, and several other historic Manhattan landmarks.

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