The Board of Directors and Staff of the Writers Center mourn the passing of our former architect, board member, and corporate secretary, Joanne Tall.
Joanne had a long association with the Writers Center. She was an architect in our restoration of the then-derelict Philipse Manor Railroad Station. She worked closely with our founder Margo Stever in preparing the submission that ultimately resulted in the Writers Center receiving the award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State, and she both worked with Metro-North to protect the Center’s restored building from damage during Metro-North’s major capital project to replace the platform infrastructure, and convinced the railroad to remove elements of its signaling infrastructure from the building.
Joanne leaves in the restoration of the Philipse Manor railway station, our Hudson Valley Writers Center, a legacy of dedication, an architecturally artistic eye, huge attention to detail, endless patience, and a commendable commitment to public service. A consummate professional, courteous to all, she was a wonderful individual. Joanne served for a number of years as a member of the board of directors and as Corporate Secretary from 2005 to 2010.
In the relay race of life, we behold her artistic eye every time we convene in the Writers Center. We warmly recall how we gathered when NYS Preservation League awarded its Historic Preservation Award to HVWC for restoration of our building, now a landmark of Sleepy Hollow. She was central to our success. We shall hold her in our memory.