The evening began with cocktail hour at 7 PM and was followed by dinner at 8 PM.
Other 2012 honorees included chef Daniel Boulud, real estate icon Peter L. Malkin and business executive E. John Rosenwald, Jr. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro received the Lew Rudin Living Landmark Award for Public Service.
Louise Grunwald and Graydon Carter served as honorary co-chairs at the gala, and the Celebration Committee included former "Living Landmarks" Judy Collins, Barbara Goldsmith, Vartan Gregorian, Marian Heiskell, A.E. Hotchner, Ray Kelly, Mathilde Krim, Mary McFadden, Elizabeth Rohatyn, Amy and Howard Rubenstein, Tommy Tune and Bunny Williams.
Liz Smith, who co-chaired the event along with Peter G. Peterson, hosted. Music was provided by Peter Duchin and his orchestra.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to "celebrating, preserving and protecting the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define this vibrant and extraordinary City." Since its founding in 1973, it has loaned and granted more than $36 million to help people save their homes, cultural, civic and religious institutions.