Clem Labine


The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center is pleased to announce that Clem Labine has been named recipient of its 2012 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Mr. Labine is the founder of Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, and former publisher of the pioneering restoration magazine The Old House Journal. He now consults for restoration websites and continues to write for various publications.

His passion for historic architecture stemmed from his purchase of an 1883 brownstone in Park Slope,Brooklyn, in 1967. Mr. Labine painstakingly restored the house to its original elegance, and the renovation projects have served as pilots for the many how-to articles he has contributed over the years.

Mr. Labine is a founding board member of theInstituteofClassical Architectureand Art. He has been honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as by the Preservation League of New York State and the Brownstone Revival Coalition. He has received an Arthur Ross Award from Classical America and the Harley J. McKee Award from the Association for Preservation Technology.

Mr. Labine’s blog, The Civitas Chronicles, is available at