Hadrian Gala

2017 Hadrian Gala

Celebrating Champions of Heritage

2017 Honorees

Deborah Lehr

2017 Hadrian Award

Deborah Lehr is an accomplished global business strategist and leader who is using her vast expertise in the fight against cultural looting and antiquities trafficking, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and most notably through the Antiquities Coalition, an organization she founded and leads as Chairman. Under Lehr’s leadership, the coalition is bringing together foreign ministers, antiquities and tourism ministers, and business leaders in high-level dialogue to develop strategies about how to best preserve and protect the world’s shared cultural heritage from extremism and conflicts.

Frank Stella

2017 Watch Award

Frank Stella is one of our most important living American artists. He also played a vital role in helping to save the A. Conger Goodyear House, one of the most important houses built in the United States between the two world wars and what many call architect Edward Durrell Stone’s greatest accomplishment in domestic architecture. Stella’s activism on behalf of modern buildings helped to encourage a greater appreciation of mid-century modern and, in 2006, led to the development of World Monuments Fund’s Modernism-at-Risk initiative, which draws attention to modern sites around the world—from the iconic to the unexplored and the forgotten.

2017 Hadrian Gala

Monday, October 16, 2017
The Plaza Hotel
New York City
Deborah Lehr and Frank Stella


On October 16, trailblazers from the arts, historic preservation, heritage conservation, philanthropy, and business gather at The Plaza to honor Deborah Lehr, Founder and Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition, recipient of the 2017 Hadrian Award, and American artist Frank Stella, recipient of the 2017 Watch Award.

And, this year for the first time, the 2018 World Monuments Watch was announced at the Hadrian Gala.

The 2017 Hadrian Gala was hosted by Dinner Chairs Lorna B. Goodman, Sydney Houghton Weinberg, Fernanda M. Kellogg, Monika McLennan, and Jack Shear.

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