Yaddo moves closer to landmark status

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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— Yaddo moved one step closer Thursday to becoming a national landmark.

The 400-acre artists’ retreat moved through the National Park Service Advisory Board on Thursday and will be going to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for approval of its National Historic Landmark status. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called on Salazar to quickly approve the designation, which is likely a few months away.

“Saratoga’s own Yaddo has a legacy of artistic tradition that sparked a century’s worth of creativity, and should be considered a National Historic Landmark,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “To this day, Yaddo continues to house artists on the same grounds that were once home to some of America’s influential artists. Landmark status would give Yaddo the recognition it deserves in America’s history, and help attract more visitors and strengthen our tourism industry.”

Yaddo was opened in 1900 and has housed artists who have been cited for honors including 66 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 MacArthur Fellowships, 61 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gillibrand has been championing this issue repeatedly in recent months.

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