Join the Village Alliance and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for our Annual Winter Lecture on March 3rd, "The Social Geography of Village Housing in the Sixties - Westbeth, Private Developers and Public Housing for Artists"
Jeffrey Trask looks back at the West Village in the 1960s to ask how the once dis-invested waterfront neighborhood of run-down piers, abandoned warehouses and empty storefronts developed into the gentrified landscape of luxury lofts, architect-branded buildings, and fashionable bars, restaurants and boutiques of today. Trask looks at various proposals for housing along the waterfront, and explains how a fairly radical idea at the time of converting factories into artist lofts sparked a revolution in ideas about the arts, urban planning and private real estate development.
Jeffrey Trask is a historian of American cultural and intellectual history with a specialization in cities and the arts. His current research looks at the history of industrial aesthetics, examining the relationship between industry and labor, reformers and working-class families and the architects and engineers who developed landscapes of industrial capitalism. The Loft Cause or Bohemia Gone Bourgeois? Artist Housing and Private Development in Greenwich Village (Journal of Urban History, 2015) examines the history of the Westbeth Arts Center the first large-scale institutional conversion of industrial spaces into artist lofts. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University.
The talk will be held March 3rd at 6:30 PM at the Westbeth Community Room. For more information and to RSVP (required, space is limited) click here.