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From the Federal Era to the Civil War: The Modern Metropolis Emerges
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Barry Lewis
Tue, October 17th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $38)


Barry Lewis returns to shed light on the development of New York City from the Federal Era of the 1780s and ’90s—when the new American Republic inspired a light, open architectural style harkening back to Roman villas and Greek temples—to the modern metropolis transforming with the influx of immigrants and industry on the eve of the Civil War.

Barry Lewis, an architectural historian who teaches at Cooper Union Forum, is the former co-host of a popular walking tour series on PBS. 


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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