The Historic House Trust of New York City

in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city’s five boroughs.

HHT Membership Program

A Family United. In the 30 years since our founding, the Historic House Trust (HHT) has evolved and matured, and our devoted members have been alongside us for the entire journey. As the world becomes increasingly divisive, HHT is grateful to be part of a family united by a shared passion for preservation and storytelling.


HHT Lecture Series

Places that Innovate: Reimagining Historic Sites

“Places That Innovate: Reimagining Historic Sites” was a conversation on visualizing inventive futures for historic places that took place on October 3rd, 2019 at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. Authors Max van Balgooy and Kenneth Turino shared insights from their newly-published anthology, “Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions,” which provides indispensable and imaginative strategies to forge a sustainable path forward for our country’s historic places. Van Balgooy and Turino were joined in an interactive dialogue by Lisa Ackerman, Chair of the Historic House Trust to creatively thinking beyond a museum’s “four walls” to reimagine what historic sites can aspire to be in contemporary times. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Historic House Trust of New York City is presenting the multi-part programming series “Places that Make a Difference: Conversations on the Future of Our Cultural Treasures.” These programs are designed to creatively explore challenges that historic sites share and inspire further innovation in the cultural sector. “Places that Innovate” was the first program in this series. Support for this series is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation.


HHT Events and Programming

“Let’s do something, but what?”, a question asked frequently by even the savviest of New Yorker and the answer is we have the answer every time…the HHT sites! From festivals, hands-on-learning, movies & concerts on the lawn, lectures, and so much more can be found at 23 sites, across 5 boroughs spanning the over 360 years of a diverse history relevant to today’s times. Discover this month’s HHT’s Happenings or click the button for a complete ongoing calendar.


HHT 30th Anniversary Founders Award Dinner

On Monday, June 10th the Historic House Trust’s supporters gathered together at the 2019 Founders Award Dinner honoring the six former Chairs of the organization: Timothy C. Forbes, Cynthia C. Wainwright, Robert Quinlan, Deborah Krulewitch, Franny Eberhart, and John C. Gustafsson.
We toasted their impeccable leadership and timeless achievements, which continue to provide enduring value to many of New York City’s greatest historic treasures. Many thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, vendors, and corporate sponsors who helped to make our 2019 Founders Award Dinner such a great success! All proceeds support the Historic House Trust, a nonprofit organization working in tandem with NYC Parks to provide essential support for 23 sites of architectural and cultural significance.