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Margot Gayle

Margot Gayle, American preservationist, writer.


  • Gayle, Margot was born on May 14, 1908 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Michigan, 1930. Master of Science in Bacteriology, Emory University, 1933.


    • Director Civil Defense Vol. Office, Washington, 1943—1945. Script writer Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1945—1948.

      Director public relations New York City Department Commerce and Public Events, 1953—1956. Deputy director public information New York City Planning Commission, 1956—1958. Columnist New York Daily News, 1976—1992.

      Member Art Commission of City of New York, 1981—1984.


    • Author: Cast Iron Architecture in New York: A Photographic Survey, 1974. Metal in America's Historic Buildings, 1980. Co-author (with Michele Cohen): The Art Commission and the Municipal Art Society Guide to Manhattan's Outdoor Sculpture, 1988.

      (with Carol Gayle) Cast-Iron Architecture in America: The Significance of James Bogardus, 1998. Contributor articles to professional journals, introductions to books.


    Co-founder Victorian Society of America, New York City, 1966. Democratic state committeewoman, district leader, Manhattan, 1953-1961. Co-chair Committee to Restore History Yorkville Clock, 1999.

    Member Friends of Cast Iron Architecture (founder, president), Municipal Art Society New York (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis medal for preservation of the Soho cast iron history district 1997), Victorian Society of America (metropolitan chapter Lifetime Achievement award 1997, Book award 1999), Fine Arts Federation New York (president), Women's City Club, Society Industrial Archaeology (General Tools Lifetime Achievement award 1997), Preservation League New York State (Lifetime Achievement award 1999), Victorian Society in American (President award 1999), Friends of the Upper East Side History district (Ralph Menapace award 2000), Secial Recognition award, Art Commission of New York City, 2001.


    • Daughter of David Bunn and Edith Mildred (Cheatham) McCoy. Widowed; children: Carol, Gretchen Gayle Ellsworth.
    • father: David Bunn McCoy
    • mother: Edith Mildred (Cheatham) McCoy
    • children: Carol Gayle
    • Gretchen Gayle Ellsworth Gayle
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    Died September 28, 2008
    (aged 100)
    • 1930
      University Michigan
    • 1933
      Emory University
    • 1943 - 1945
      Director, Civil Defense Volunteer Office
      Washington, United States
    • 1945 - 1948
      script writer, Columbia Broadcasting System
    • 1953 - 1956
      director, public relations New York City Department Commerce and Public Events
    • 1956 - 1958
      deputy director, public information New York City Planning Commission
    • 1976 - 1992
      columnist New York Daily News