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HERITAGE TRAILS NEW YORK
Installation View. HTNY branded materials, 1995-1998, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar, On loan from Keith Helmetag, of C&G Partners. HTNY Press Packet, On loan from Anthony W. Robins
HTNY interactive map touchscreen
Heritage Trails New York, a public history project that created a network of tourist trails that looped through lower Manhattan debuted in 1995. Conceived by architect and philanthropist Richard D. Kaplan, four trails linked and illuminated Downtown's deep history, from discoveries of urban archeologists to stories of the great skyscrapers.
This case contains a selection of materials from the early years of Heritage Trails as its graphic identity was being developed by a team led by Keith Helmetag of the firm Chermayeff & Geismar. Boards used for presenting the project to potential supporters show preliminary ideas for stanchions, a visitor center, and wayfinding signs. The graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar also created an early version of the map and logos used across stationary and apparel. Later perspectival versions of the map were designed by Stephan Van Dam. An interactive 1998 map is viewable on the screen opposite, allowing visitors to browser the markers accessing the original (1997) or updated (2017) panels.
Original HTNY Presentation Boards, Collection of Richard D. Kaplan
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