Beverly Moss Spatt

Beverly Moss Spatt (1924-2023) was a leading figure in New York City planning and preservation for over fifty years. In this oral history she discussed growing up in Brooklyn, how she helped form the first reform Democratic club in Brooklyn, how she earned her “maverick” reputation during her time on the City Planning Commission from 1966–1970, and serving on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission [LPC] from 1974-1982 (as Chair from 1974-1978, the first woman to hold that position). The 1973 Amendments to the New York City Landmarks Law went into effect the year of her appointment, allowing for the city’s first scenic and interior landmarks. During her tenure, she also oversaw the controversial designation of the Grace Church townhouses on Fourth Avenue and the new structure replacing the house destroyed by the Weatherman bomb explosion on West 11th Street.