The Historic House Trust presented the Annual Founders Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan to Margize Howell, CAHPT Co-President, in recognition of her distinguished career in historic preservation. Margize is a member of the HHT Directors’ Council and has been an ardent supporter since 1994. Her interest in the preservation of historic homes began at a young age and grew into an extensive career that embodies a committed dedication to preserving our American heritage.
The evening’s theme, Revolution! Starts at Home, marked the 240th anniversary of our country’s 1776 fight for independence and highlighted the many historical, cultural, and social upheavals that historic homes have witnessed – and withstood – throughout centuries of change in New York City. Nearly 250 guests gathered at the historic Metropolitan Club, designed by Stanford White and formed by J. P. Morgan, for an exciting evening of dinner and dancing, silent and live auctions in support of the Historic House Trust. Nonnie Frelinghuysen, HHT Benefit Co-chair and Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum, presented the Founder’s Award to Margize.
The Founders Award Dinner raises critical funds to support the preservation of HHT’s 23 houses and collections. The Gala’s guests included HHT Board and Directors’ Council members, elected and appointed officials, cultural enthusiasts, corporate supporters, representatives from the HHT member houses and NYC history buffs who came together to celebrate these treasured sites. The evening included a rappin’ Alexander Hamilton marionette, multi-media video by Amanda Long of the collection of HHT’s historic houses and dancing after dinner.