Last night, the Historic Districts Council honored the individuals and organizations committed to preserving the history and character of New York City with its annual Grassroots Preservation Awards.
Held at the Museum of the City of New York, attendees also had the opportunity to view the ongoing exhibition “Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks” and to reflect on the achievements of the preservation movement.
Among the honorees was Teri Slater, co-founder of the Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side and a foundational member of the Unite to Save the Frick campaign. When individuals began to learn of the Frick Collection’s intentions to destroy significant elements of its landmark-designated site, they turned to Teri for guidance, and the campaign began to take shape.
Teri’s many, many decades toiling in service of New York’s architectural and cultural legacy — across all the City’s boroughs — inspired so many others, and her legacy will continue on. Unite to Save the Frick is fortunate to have stood by her side in the trenches.
Teri Slater was a passionate preservationist, committed community advocate and fierce defender of her beloved Upper East Side. Longtime community board member, director and officer of the Historic Districts Council and numerous other preservation and community groups, she served the public with dedication, intelligence and passion tempered with grace, caring and humor. She was pivotal in numerous campaigns to protect her neighborhood from inappropriate development, especially from institutions such as hospitals and museums seeking to build enormous and unnecessary expansions. She was a convener of groups and connector of people. Teri passed on January 13, 2015, and her absence is unimaginable. She is survived by her sons Eric and Edward and all the many people whose lives she touched.