Financial issues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation?
From the article:
Funding problems at the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led to major staff layoffs at Tarrytown-based Lyndhurst that are expected to curtail daily tours. And, there are suggestions that some portions of the 67 acre-site might be sold off.
Earlier this month staff was told of the elimination of five positions beginning with the director held by John Braunlein. Others on the layoff list were Curator Educators Judy Beil and Ira Stein; Manager of Communication Stephanie Brown and Office Manager Virginia Cassell.
The move is part of major restructuring and "a decision to move from a regional to a field office model of operations,"David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer wrote in a Sept. 21 memo to National Trust staff. He identified Lyndhurst as one of four "challenged" sites. [emphasis added]
At Lyndhurst "regular daily tours and some public programming will be suspended ot allow full attention to the re-visioning process. The work at these sites is expected to yield innovative approaches to historic site management, which will be applicable to other historic sites nationwide," he continued in his memo. ...
Lyndhurst is known as one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture offering sweeping views of the Hudson River. It draws thousands of visitors each year for house and garden tours, hosts school groups and community events, and is touted by many tourist sites as an important destination. The landscaped property, once the home of industrialist Jay Gould, also runs weddings and special events, which are expected to continue as planned.