JACK TAYLOR (1925-2019)

Preservation Advocate Who Fought For Dvořák House

The Dvořák American Heritage Association mourns the loss of Founding Board Member Jack Taylor.  In 1990 Jack launched the effort to save the Dvořák House on East 17th Street, the place where Antonín Dvořák lived during his American residency from 1892 to 1895 and composed the “New World” Symphony.  He was committed to saving this important cultural landmark and rallied the public to the cause.  Though the battle was ultimately lost, he went on to help establish the Dvořák American Heritage Association and lead such efforts as the placement of a statue of Dvořák in Stuyvesant Square Park. The Dvořák Room in the Bohemian National Hall and the musical and educational programs that our organization mounts owe much to his generosity and support.  We will miss him greatly and join in mourning his loss along with the many other organizations that he touched in his long and fruitful life. 

New York Times Obituary, February 16, 2019 

The New York Preservation Archive Project, Oral Histories Link