Jason has worked with not-for-profit and private organizations advocating for smart growth planning and the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in local communities throughout New York City and the South Carolina Low Country.
His work in South Carolina has ranged from African American Heritage program interpretation to assessing vernacular cultural resources and advocating for Demolition by Neglect prevention. In the New York City region, Jason has advocated for local neighborhood preservation and his historical research has ranged from reports on former synagogues to the history and development of the Woolworth Building.
Jason earned a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and graduated from the College of Charleston with degrees in Historic Preservation and Community Planning and Art History.
Landmark West!, May – August 2012 Graduate Intern
Develop and deliver public testimony at New York City’s Landmark Preservation Commission on behalf of the organization’s Certificate of Appropriateness Committee. Assist with research and advocacy of historic landmarks and districts throughout New York City’s Upper West Side.
Preservation Society of Charleston, February-May 2011, Programs Intern
Assist in the organization of the Demolition by Neglect: Constructing a Solution roundtable panel to establish a plan to approach demolition by neglect in Charleston. Research and publicize the Society’s 2011 endangered sites list.
Woolworth Building, New York City, Current, Public Historian
Develop and curate public tours of the National Historic Landmark Building.
Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2010-August 2011, Interim Director of African American Heritage, Public Historian
Manage programs and preservation of five antebellum slave cabins. Research and develop scripted outline of African American history program for daily tours of the plantation’s Slavery to Freedom Program.
Interpreting the Heritage of the Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront, New York City, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Historic Preservation Spring Studio 2012
Investigate the history and development of Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront as part of an eleven member group studio tasked with assessing the significance of the historic resources along the East River from Astoria, Queens to the Columbia Street Waterfront District and establish various interpretive strategies for stakeholders invested in the East River’s waterfront history and revitalization.
National Register Nominations
- 33 St. Austins Place, Staten Island, NY
- Former Temple of Israel, 1-88 Beach 84th Street, Rockaway Beach, NY
- Former Congregation Ansche Chesed, 1883 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd, New York, NY