The great thing about architecture is that it is everywhere, so you can appreciate it anywhere—even in a classic story like The Three Little Pigs! Which type of house will the big, bad wolf be able to blow down: the house made of scraps, glass, or stone and concrete? You might be surprised!
The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia
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By the end of the nineteenth century, Central Park West had become a bastion of middle class life and Fifth Avenue the boulevard of the very wealthy. Today the east side chateaux have almost all disappeared, but the middle class apartment buildings of the west side remain a vital part of the New York skyline. Join us for a colorful evening with Barry Lewis, whose Eastside vs. Westside lecture returns by popular demand.
New York and its environs have a surprising collection of houses from the Colonial period through the era of the early Republic. Looking at houses as diverse as the Dutch and Georgian Wyckoff in Brooklyn and the Greek Revival Bartow-Pell in the Bronx, we will see both the evolution of early American home design and why these earlier eras, in their Yankee simplicity, served as template for the modernisms of our own time.
When Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, New York was still an intensely Victorian commercial city, and rock-hewn neo-Romanesque and arts and crafts Queen Anne were the predominant styles. Elevators were sending buildings to unprecedented heights and middle class people were gingerly trying the brand-new idea of apartment house living. But McKim, Mead & White’s recently completed Villard Houses and their fantastic Madison Square Garden announced to New York that things were about to change.
The institutional archive includes records relating to the history of the New-York Historical Society from its beginnings in 1804 up until the present day. The materials include minutes, correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, and exhibition records. Many photographs from the New-York Historical Society have been digitized and can be located here.
Typescript of over 1,400 pages with approximately 650 accompanying illustrations written and compiled by Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961), architect, designer, delineator and artist, with her husband Walter Burley Griffin (1876–1937), architect, landscape designer and city planner. Their architectural practice spanned almost four decades on three continents. The Magic of America: Electronic Edition collates in a digital format all the texts and illustrations from the three known copies of the work, including the New-York Historical Society's copy. The electronic edition thus represents the most complete and accessible version currently available of this important architectural document.
The Society's architectural collections include drawings, blueprints, renderings, photographs, correspondence, and business records. Most significant are its large holdings for individual architects or firms, including (in chronological order) John McComb, Jr.; Calvin Pollard; Alexander J. Davis; John B. Snook; George B. Post; McKim, Mead & White; and Cass Gilbert. These architects were all active in Manhattan and New York City buildings predominate, but their work includes many structures outside the city. More than 150 other locally and nationally prominent architects and engineers are also represented, generally by 10 or fewer drawings.