Archive for March 27th, 2006

27th March
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, March 27, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Tomorrow, the City Council will hold hearings on the proposal to declare the privately owned Fieldston community in the northwest Bronx a “historic district.”There are many reasons why this shouldn’t be done, all of which are important but largely parochial in nature. Out of this local battle, I sense a larger problem: Are we allowing the “motherhood and apple pie” aspects of historic preservation to give certain professional interests a unique license to feather their own nests?

In the discussion of this issue, the merits of the developer and architect of much of Fieldston, Dwight James Baum, has become a topic of debate. A Riverdale resident and former city buildings commissioner, Charles Moerdler, called Baum a “hack.” (more…)