State of New York )) SS:County of New York )THEODORE GRUNEWALD, being duly sworn, deposes and says:1.
I am a Petitioner/Plaintiff in this proceeding. I make this affidavit insupport of Petitioners’ motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminaryinjunction and for related relief.2.
I am by profession an archivist and curator of art and design. Since 1998 Ihave been employed as chief archivist for a major fine arts publishing and mediacorporation in Manhattan. I was trained in architecture at Parsons School of Design, andworked for five years at the firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in New York.Along the way, I became a landmarks preservation advocate, and established “The UrbanArchaeologist,” a research consulting firm in architectural history.3.
Around October 2010, I learned of the removal of the famous HarryBertoia sculptures (the cloud mobile and arbor-like enameled metal screen) from theinterior of the former Manufacturers Trust Company building. That prompted me tospearhead a campaign to obtain official landmark designation of the interior of thissuperb modernist building. I assembled a coalition of organizations under the name,Coalition to Save MHT, and with those partners, successfully advocated for the landmark designation of the interior which was awarded to the building in February, 2011.4.
The Manufacturers Trust Company building is well known to me as beingamong the world’s most-recognized masterpieces of mid-century American corporatemodernism, one of the greatest mid-century achievements of the International Style, anda key monument in the world’s shared cultural and artistic heritage. It is also a civic