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Charles Warren Affidavit

Charles Warren Affidavit

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Affidavit supporting litigation from architect Charles Warren
Affidavit supporting litigation from architect Charles Warren

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORKCOUNTY OF NEW YORK
CITIZENS DEFENDING LIBRARIES,
EDMUND MORRIS, ANNALYN SWAN, :
STANLEY N. KATZ, THOMAS BENDER, :
DAVID NASAW, JOAN W. SCOTT,
CYNTHIA M. PYLE, CHRISTABELGOUGH, and BLANCHE WEISEN
COOK,Plaintiffs,- against -
Index No.: 652427/2013
DR. ANTHONY W. MARX, NEIL L.
FFIDAVIT OF ARCHITECT
RUDENSTINE, BOARD OF TRUSTEES :
HARLES DAVOCK WARREN
OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, :NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, :
LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS, :
MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG,
VERONICA WHITE, NEW YORK CITY :PARKS DEPARTMENT, CITY OF NEW :
YORK, ROBERT SILMAN ASSOCIATES,:P.C., and JOSEPH TORTORELLA,
Defendants.-and-
STATE OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK
STATE OFFICE OF PARKS,
RECREATION & HISTORICPRESERVATION (NEW YORKSTATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION
OFFICE),
Nominal Defendants. :
x
 
STATE OF NEW YORK
SS.:
COUNTY OF NEW YORK
CHARLES DAVOCK WARREN, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
1.
I am an architect and author, having extensive personal experience and
professional expertise with regard to the New York Public Library. Among other things, I
coauthored the two-volume monograph -
Carrere & Hastings, Architects
(Acanthus Press), the
architectural firm that designed and built the main branch of the New York Public Library,
located in Manhattan between 40
th
and 42
nd
Streets along Fifth Avenue and adjacent to Bryant
Park (the "Central Building"). I am fully familiar with the facts set forth in this affidavit, which I
make in support of the request for an Order preventing removal of the seven stories of iron and
structural steel book stacks (the "Stacks") from the Central Building.
Professional Background
2.
Since 1987, I have led the Manhattan-based practice Charles Warren Architect
p.c. The firm has worked extensively in the New York metropolitan area and completed houses,
commercial buildings, gardens, and other projects from New England to Florida. Careful
attention to historic, geographic, and ecological contexts has led to successful projects in historic
districts, environmentally sensitive coastal areas, and within planned towns. This work has been
featured in books and magazines in the United States and Europe.
3.I began my professional career with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1979, whereI worked for six years as a lead designer on projects including private residences, urban planning
proposals, and institutional buildings. During this period, I also worked briefly for Peter Gluck
& Associates. In 1990-91, after starting my practice, I served as
Town Architect
of Seaside,
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Florida, an early example of New Urbanism designed by town planners Duany Plater-Zyberk &
Co.
4.
University level teaching has always been a part of my career. During my
graduate studies, I was a teaching assistant in the Columbia College architectural design studio.
In 1987, I was awarded the Muschenheim Fellowship at the University of Michigan College ofArchitecture and Urban Planning. As a visiting assistant professor there, I taught design studios
and seminars on architectural theory. I have also taught design studios and seminars
at Catholic University in Washington and The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in NewYork. I have served on numerous peer review and student juries for professional organizations
and universities.
5.
In addition to my architectural practice, I have published books and essays on
architecture and town planning.
have written for
Architectural Record, Progressive
Architecture, Inland Architecture,
and
The Classicist. I
am the author of introductory essays for
new editions of
The Architecture of Charles A. Platt
(Acanthus Press) and John Nolen's 1927
classic
New Towns for Old
(LALH & University of Massachusetts Press). As noted above,coauthored the two volume monograph -
Carrere & Hastings, Architects
(Acanthus Press). Ihave been awarded grants supporting these projects by the Nolen Research Fund at Cornell
University and the Graham Foundation.
6.
I studied fine arts at California Institute of the Arts, and graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in fine arts from Skidmore College in 1976. In 1980, I received a Master of
Architecture from Columbia University, where I was awarded a Kinne travel fellowship and the
Lowenfish prize for design. I am a member of the American Institute of Architects, TheCongress for the New Urbanism, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and The
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