October 09, 2020

Gordon Davis Named a Living Landmark by New York Landmarks Conservancy

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Gordon Davis, partner in Venable’s New York Real Estate Group, was recognized by the New York Landmarks Conservancy as a Living Landmark for his outstanding contributions to the city. He will be honored during the Conservancy’s fall gala on October 29, 2020. For more information about the event, please click here.

Mr. Davis counsels nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions, notable public/private developments, and major New York revitalization projects on various real estate and financing issues. He has played significant roles in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, the development of the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the restoration of Bryant Park, and Amtrak’s soon to be completed Moynihan Station.

Mr. Davis was the driving force in the restoration of New York’s parks beginning in the 1980s, a principal founder of the Central Park Conservancy, and one of the creators of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A recipient of the Medal of the City of New York for Exceptional Service, he was a City Planning Commissioner for Mayor John V. Lindsay and Mayor Ed Koch’s first Parks Commissioner. He has served with distinction for almost four decades on the boards of the New York Public Library (Life Trustee), the Studio Museum in Harlem, Con Edison, the New York Public Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Lincoln Center, and as President Obama’s appointee to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and protecting the iconic buildings and unique neighborhoods that help define its vibrant and extraordinary city. The Conservancy is the only private organization that provides both financial and technical support in this effort. Since its founding in 1973, it has loaned or granted nearly $53 million to help people save their homes and communities, including cultural, religious, and social institutions.