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Margot Gayle Papers


Margot Gayle Papers
Gayle, Margot
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38.50 linear feet
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

This collection documents the professional activities of preservationist and writer Margot Gayle from 1948 until her death in 2008. Gayle worked to preserve historic cast-iron structures, principally in New York City. She is best known for her leading role in establishing New York's SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District. Gayle founded and was active in numerous professional organizations, most notably the Friends of Cast Iron Architecture and the Victorian Society in America. Her publications include Cast-Iron Architecture in New York (1974) and Cast-Iron Architecture in America: the Significance of James Bogardus (1998), the latter co-authored with her daughter, Carol Gayle. Gayle's dedication to historic preservation was recognized with several prominent awards given during her lifetime, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Honor Award and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

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