Current Installation

Building America: Highlights from the Architectural Collections

March 25, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Enjoy highlights from New-York Historical Society’s vast architectural collections, made up of more than 500,000 drawings dating from the late-18th century through the present.

Location

1st floor, Leah & Michael Weisberg Monumental Treasures Wall

The New-York Historical Society’s vast architectural collections are made up of more than 500,000 drawings dating from the late-18th century through the present. These include floor plans (both on linen and blueprints), elevations, cross sections, presentation drawings, landscape plans, and watercolor renderings from the likes of Cass Gilbert, Benjamin Latrobe, McKim, Mead & White, George Post, and Calvert Vaux, among others. This installation―the first in a series to highlight these rich holdings―showcases John McComb Jr.’s early 19th-century drawings for City Hall, including the first idea for the cupola of City Hall, and A.J. Davis’ watercolors of 19th-century domestic and ecclesiastical architecture. 

Curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator of prints, photographs, and architectural collections

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media