Historic House Trust announces John Krawchuk will lead organization

NEW YORK, June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — After an extensive and exhaustive search that produced many fine candidates, Historic House Trust of New York City is pleased to announce that it has hired John Krawchuk as HHT’s new Executive Director, effective July 11. 

Krawchuk practices historic preservation in the public service sector, having spent much of his career at NYC Parks.  He joined Parks in 1997 as a Preservation Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Historic Preservation in 2002. He has facilitated citywide Capital preservation projects for over 18 years. He also coordinated archaeological investigations and environmental reviews for historic resources on parkland.   

“NYC Parks is excited to welcome John Krawchuk to his new position as Executive Director of Historic House Trust,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  “As Director of Historic Preservation for NYC Parks, he has already lent his watchful eye to the renovations of 23 historic house sites, in addition to countless other invaluable contributions in preservation and restoration. John has been a vital part of Parks for so long, and this new role is the perfect, natural fit. We offer our congratulations and look forward to seeing him accomplish much more in the future.”

“He knows the City, the people, the places, and all 23 of our sites very, very well,” said HHT’s Board Chair John Gustafsson. “I am grateful for the assistance I received from the HHT Board of Directors who participated actively in the search. I believe the Board’s investment has achieved a terrific result!”

Krawchuk is a Registered Landscape Architect with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (1990) and holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1995).  He also serves as a member of the Conservation Advisory Group, the technical advisory body for the NYC Public Design Commission that reviews conservation and restoration projects for all city-owned works of art and miscellaneous civic structures. 

“I’m thrilled and honored to take the reins of such an important organization for the preservation of New York City’s historic homes,” said John Krawchuk. “I look forward to ushering in a new and exciting era, and hope to maximize what HHT and NYC Parks can do for the 23 sites citywide.”

Krawchuk has played significant roles in a variety of restorations, including Washington Square Park, Fort Greene Park, the Orchard Beach Bathhouse in Pelham Bay Park and the Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park. He already has extensive experience with HHT, having worked on projects at numerous sites, including Gracie Mansion, Poe Cottage and Conference House.

The Historic House Trust is a non-profit organization operating in tandem with the NYC Parks. Our mission is to provide essential support for houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350 years of New York City life. These treasures reside within city parks and are open to the public.

CONTACT: Anna Holmgren, 212-360-8202 – hhtinfo@parks.nyc.gov


SOURCE Historic House Trust of New York City

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