Making the revival rounds of historical organizations in New York City is a fascinating film not shown in decades. Originally released on Sept. 21, 1961, “Our Vanishing Legacy” was the first documentary promoting historic preservation in the city. This was after the demolishing of Pennsylvania Station was announced but before it was accomplished. Produced by Gordon Hyatt and narrated by Ned Calmer, the 32-minute film will rouse sad memories in many old enough to rue what was being inexorably lost in that era. Penn Station and Grand Central are featured here, but several other historic buildings at risk then (and surely long gone) are also shown. The sad tone raises memories a well. There are some brief but excellent remarks, too, on what was tending to replace them.
My thanks to Kristen Richards, maestro of ArchNewsNow.com, for sending the video to me.