Remembering Tony Goldman: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Ardent Preservationist

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 3 Comments


Tony Goldman outside SoHo, a community he helped reinvent.

Most people are considered successful if they excel in even one area. Tony Goldman excelled in many: historic property developer, restaurateur, hotelier, and a leader in the historic preservation movement.

Goldman, who passed away in New York City on Tuesday, was a current board member of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation and a former Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For 40 years, he recognized the potential of depressed, undervalued urban areas, and through thoughtful, preservation-sensitive approaches, reconstructed and transformed declining historic districts into popular, thriving global destinations.

A true visionary, Goldman has been acknowledged as one of the pioneers of New York’s Upper West Side resurgence and the driving force behind the transformations of New York City’s Wall Street Financial District and SoHo neighborhoods; Center City in Philadelphia; South Beach in Miami Beach; and most recently, undertaking the transformation of the warehouse districts in Miami’s Wynwood and Downtown Boston.


Former board chair J. Clifford Hudson and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks present the Crowninshield Award to Tony Goldman.

Through it all, Goldman was committed to revitalizing and creating mixed-use, pedestrian-based, urban neighborhoods that enhanced an authentic sense of place. For this commitment, as well as the breadth of his work, the National Trust honored Goldman in 2010 with the Louise duPont Crowninshield Award, the highest national award for excellence in historic preservation.

In her statement on Goldman's passing, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks said: “At its core, preservation is about recognizing the value of historic buildings and neighborhoods, and restoring life to places that define and enrich our communities. That is what Tony Goldman did, and nobody did it better. And though he will be deeply missed, we are grateful for his many contributions to historic preservation and his lasting legacy of transformed communities.”

Learn more about Goldman's preservation work and watch a short video here.

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3 Responses

  1. Remembering visionary South Beach, Wynwood developer Tony Goldman | Beached Miami

    September 13, 2012

    [...] Tony Goldman: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Ardent Preservationist” — National Trust For Historic Preservation Most people are considered successful if they excel in even one area. Tony Goldman excelled in [...]

  2. Peter A Bradley

    September 17, 2012

    I am an artist , and longtime part of the soho scene early on .
    My dear friend Tony Goldman and I shared much about the soho scene, He was a loyal and true friend and cared much about the arts
    and his friends, I will miss him,

    regards,
    Peter A Bradley

  3. Charles Crawford

    September 23, 2012

    Having lived in New York for many years, I owe Mr. Goldman a debt gratitude for his visionary efforts in bringing back to life the varied and complex urban fabric of the city.