Heritage and Preservation

The Scots Who Built New York's Landmarks


1664-1750 - THE EARLY DAYS

The American-Scottish Foundation® is proud to have a vibrant and growing platform of Arts and Culture programming.

The American-Scottish Foundation is honored to have been invited to join the Landmarks 50+ project and develop the fascinating history of THE SCOTS WHO BUILT NEW YORK'S LANDMARKS, chronicling the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York.

In April 2017 we look at the Scots part of the development of the City from its Dutch beginnings with a presentation entitled 1664-1750 - The Early Days with a presentation by John Kinnear, architect and historian.

Robert Livingston, a Scot, came to New York in the 1670s and became one of the wealthiest men in the Colony. Among his business associates was Captain William Kidd, a Scot from Dundee who sailed a privateer, financed by Livingston and others. Later he was accused of being a pirate. Before the accusations Kidd was a prominent citizen of the city and helped to establish Trinity Church, among other city improvements.

Phase 2 of the Scots Who Built New York: development of the App and Map is now underway which will note over 55 Scottish American landmarks when completed.

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JOHN KINNEAR, Speaker, is Principal of John Kinnear Architects and President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group and has an architectural practice based in Manhattan, which undertakes projects throughout the United States.

The firm is noted for its historical preservation as well as new structures incorporating traditional design styles.

Recent projects include the restoration of the Ruth Mansion in Delaware, 26 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square for which he was the Project Architect.


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