SPOTLIGHT: The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation

Named in honor of James Marston Fitch, the founder of Columbia University's historic preservation graduate program (the first of its kind in the country), the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation supports Fitch's original commitment, training professionals to protect and curate our built environment.

Through the Fitch Mid-Career Grant, Samuel H. Kress Fellowship, and the Richard L. Blinder Award, the Foundation has funded research to advance the field of historic preservation in the U.S., with themes ranging from conservation and urban design to engineering and environmental planning.

Bunker Hill Redevelopment in LA, circa 1969.Courtesy of LA Conservancy


The Fitch Foundation also hosts lectures and symposia. Most recently, in Fall 2014, the Foundation sponsored, The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers, & the Future of Historic Preservation. You can now watch the sessions from this event on the organization's YouTube channel, including the introduction and keynote by Justin Davidson, architecture critic for New York Magazine:

Justin Davidson, Preservation as Agent of Radical Change


To learn more about the Foundation and to explore its grant opportunities, visit their website.

The Fitch Foundation is among the Neighborhood Preservation Center's virtual office groups and has used the meeting space (for board meetings and grant reviews). For the full list of groups, please visit our website.