Liz McEnaney


The SS Columbia Project is restoring the 114-year-old steamboat Columbia and reviving the great tradition of day excursion vessels on the Hudson River. Once in service, the boat will be a new culture venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts, education and entertainment that reconnects New York City to the Hudson Valley. 

Please join us for a talk about the history of the Hudson River Day Line boats, and learn more about what it takes to bring a 1902-built steamboat back to life. Over the past 18 months, the boat has traveled over 250 nautical miles, glided across three rivers -- Detroit, Maumee, and Buffalo -- and crossed Lake Erie. She has passed the shoreline of three states -- Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania -- before landing for the first time in New York State. Columbia is now docked in the Buffalo River at Silo City.  

The presentation will be given by Executive Director Liz McEnaney, an architectural historian and preservationist who also teaches at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. 

Liz is an architectural historian and preservationist. She has curated museum exhibitions, developed site interpretation plans, and advocated for the waterfront issues in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Prior to finding her sea legs, Liz was Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and worked for artist Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation. She has also been involved in Hudson Valley-focused initiatives. She produced the documentary film Hudson Rising and worked with the Commissioner of the New York State Quadricentennial Commission.

Liz is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design and the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also teaches in the Sustainable Urban Design Program at NYU Tandon Engineering.