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  • Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

    Stone Ridge | Dates: 23 Jul, 2014

    On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. On February 1st, 2013, the beautifully restored Terminal - rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision - celebrates its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and a new book: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark.

    The Terminal's creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design.

    This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins, author of the new book, brings the Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

    New York Council for the Humanities funded program.  New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.

    Time: 7:00 pm

  • Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

    Quogue | Dates: 29 Jun, 2014

    Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel.  A lecture by John B. Manbeck.

    With Brooklyn almost surrounded by water, escape to Manhattan became an early priority. While settlers dreamed of bridges, such as the fantasy Rainbow Bridge, ferries proved more practical. Until John Roebling, an engineer, appeared. After years of practice on aqueducts and bridges - Cincinnati and Niagara - he planned a perfect bridge to cross the East River. When death took him, his son, Washington, assumed the responsibility, assisted by his wife after he became injured. In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York. While New York alters itself daily, the Brooklyn Bridge has stood against time, a fitting memorial to the Roebling family.

    This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World." What problems did the Roeblings face and why did the construction take over 10 years longer than anticipated? What does a "hand-made bridge" offer contemporary New Yorkers? The talk will be illustrated with a Power Point presentation taken from archival and contemporary sources.

    A grant program of the New York Humanities Council.  Through this program, the Council distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.

    Time: 2:00 pm

  • Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

    Quogue | Dates: 14 Sep, 2014

    Art Deco today can refer to anything from saltcellars to skyscrapers, produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of the last century, using abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York's Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant-yet-modern past that still helps to define the city's visual identity.

    This lecture covers the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey and RCA Buildings. It then traces the adaptation of this "skyscraper style" through apartment buildings on the Bronx's Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, hotels, department stores, banks and theaters like Radio City Music Hall.

    Funded project of the New York Humanities Council.  The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations

    Time: 3:00 pm

  • Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

    Washington Crossing | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014

    Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson.  Commonwealth Speakers Program.
    Time: 11:30 am

    The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition. This tradition can be traced from Penn through the founders of Germantown PA, especially Francis Daniel Pastorius. This links in turn to John and William Bartram who influenced the gardens of Washington and Jefferson. Questions and participation from the audience are encouraged.

    Sponsoring Organization:  David Library of the American Revolution, Inc.

    Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    For more information regarding this event:
    Contact: Meg McSweeneyPhone: (215) 493-6776 x106

  • Urban Pilgrimage

    Berkeley | Dates: 21 Jun – 01 Sep, 2014
    A special publication as part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative at UC Berkeley. It will be produced and published by Room One Thousand, the journal of the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture. Submitted pieces will be considered through a double blind peer review process, and made publicly available online at roomonethousand.com, as well as being archived and distributed through eScholarship and a special print edition.
  • Nantucket Preservation Trust Summer Lecture & Luncheon

    ‘Sconset | Dates: 25 Jul, 2014

    he NPT annual meeting’s speaker has slowly evolved into a larger event: The Summer Lecture & Luncheon. The 2014 lecture:Narratives of Manner and Style: The Houses of Cross & Cross will feature architect Peter Pennoyer & architectural historian Ann Walker. Join them in a lecture discussing the contents of their new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross. The lecture will be held at Nantucket’s ‘Sconset Chapel with a lunch to follow at the historic, Chanticleer Restaurant. The lecture will begin promptly at 11:00 AM.

    Tickets can be purchased online HERE or please call 508-228-1387.

    Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of the new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross, for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and EliotCross counted the country’s richest and most influential figures among their clients, yet they tended to gravitate toward an unpretentious luxury—a polite and historically embedded expression of their wealth. They designed several magnificent Colonial Revivalhouses in New York as well as country houses in fashionable areas such as Long Island’s North Shore and East End, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Far Hills, New Jersey. Most notably, they designed J. Watson and Electra Havemeyer Webb’s Brick House in Shelburne, VT (now part of the Shelburne Museum), Chestertown House in Southampton for H. F. du Pont (founder of the Winterthur Museum) and the childhood home of famed decorator Sister Parish in Far Hills, NJ. Pennoyer and Walker will share gorgeous photos of these homes and insight into the people who lived there and the influences the Cross brothers’ used while designing each property.

  • Nantucket Preservation Trust 2014 Preservation Awards

    Nantucket | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014

    The Nantucket Preservation Trust’s 2014 Preservation Awards program, now in its eighth year, recognizes individuals and organizations for historic preservation related projects, stewardship of island landmarks, sensitive landscape design associated with historic buildings, the promotion of traditional building methods and historical renovations that recognize projects that add to historic buildings in a  sensitive fashion. By recognizing preservation projects and the work of individuals, property owners, design and construction professionals and organizations, the NPT hopes to encourage proper preservation work and broaden outreach to the community.

    Each year the NPT holds a call for nominations and accepts applications until March. Nominees are reviewed by The Preservation Award committee and then given to the NPT board for final decisions. Award recipients are notified in April and announced during Preservation Month in late May.

    The award recipients will be annually honored at the private Preservation Awards Ceremony, which will be held on June 26th at The Nantucket Yacht Club.

  • Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

    Houston | Dates: 13 Jul, 2014

    Please note that the Architecture Walks Program will observe a summer schedule with ticket sales beginning at 5:30 p.m. from June through September.

    The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.

    Our tour covers several early 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.

    Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any of the buildings. There are no restrooms along the tour route.

    Tickets are $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam members and students). Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in front of Travis Elementary School at 3311 Beauchamp Street. The last tour group will leave just after 6 p.m. Reservations are not required.

    Street parking is free in Woodland Heights, but remember to observe posted parking regulations.

    If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.

    Photo: 3301 Morrison Street (photo by Jim Parsons)

    About Architecture Walks

    Explore Houston's architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions with Preservation Houston's monthly docent-guided walking tours. The tours are generally offered on the second Sunday of the month from January to November; tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. (6 p.m. June through September). Tours are open to the public. The cost is $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students), with a $2 discount if you walk, bike or ride public transportation to the tour. Reservations aren't required unless specifically noted.

    We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required; see our schedule of upcoming tours) as well as private tours for groups of nearly any size.

    The Architecture Walks Program is supported in part by the Susan Vaughan Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

  • Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting

    Dallas | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014
    June 26 @ 6:00 PM  - 7:30 PM

    The Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting will be held in the 2014 Preservation Achievement Award winning mid-century modern Dallas Municipal Building Annex on Main Street.  The meeting will be held in the historic Dallas City Council chambers, which is now the Jury Assembly Room, on the second floor. Please access the building using the Main Street entrance. Metered street parking is available around the building. Reservations are required for this complimentary members only event, and beverages will be provided.  Please call 214-821-3290 or email reservations@preservationdallas.org.

  • Behind Closed Doors Tour at Castle Tucker

    Wiscasset | Dates: 25 Jul, 2014
    Friday, July 25, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

    $10 for Historic New England members, $15 for nonmembers

    Come and peek into the nooks and crannies of Castle Tucker on a special Behind Closed Doors Tour. Led by Site Manager Peggy Konitzky, this in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the general tour. See additional bedrooms and unique connecting spaces on three floors of this thirty-room mansion. 

    Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now
  • Evening at Gropius

    Lincoln | Dates: 18 Jul, 2014
    Friday, July 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass. 

    $25 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers

    Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. His 1938 home showcases the clean, contemporary lines of Modern design. During this evening slide show and house tour, see how Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at night. Light refreshments provided. 

    Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information.Purchase tickets now
  • Conservation Close-Up

    Quincy | Dates: 19 Jul, 2014
    Saturday, July 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.

    $15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

    Enjoy a special, in-depth tour of the newly transformed Quincy House from a conservator's perspective. Historic New England's staff experts share the principles of conservation and the important role of the conservator in presenting collections in a historic house museum. Tour the first floor of the house taking a close look at specific objects, and learn about their conservation treatment. Highlights include ceramic Chinese export porcelain urns, wicker seating furniture, an eighteenth-century landscape painting, and a novel nineteenth-century advancement in photography.

    Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information. Purchase tickets now

  • Marrett House and the 1804 Old Red Church

    Standish | Dates: 12 Jul, 2014
    Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Marrett House, 40 Ossippee Trail East, Standish, Maine  

    $10 Historic New England and Standish Historical Society members, $15 nonmembers

    Explore two historic Maine treasures with Historic New England Guide and Curator of the Standish Historical Society Charles Ruby. Tour the 1789 Marrett House and hear the story of three generations of the colorful Marrett family and the role they played in rural Standish society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Experience the house as the Marrett sisters wished you to see it, with rooms showcasing treasured possessions including pewter, furniture, ceramics, and textiles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Then take a guided walk to the 1804 Old Red Church in Standish Village. Used as a church until 1848, the building later housed the Standish Academy, the Good Templars Lodge (a temperance organization), the Standish Grange, and other organizations. Today, it is the museum of the Standish Historical Society. When you return, visit the lovely Colonial Revival-style garden adjacent to Marrett House. 

    Co-sponsored with the Standish Historical Society.

    Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now
  • Nooks and Crannies

    Gloucester | Dates: 09 Jul, 2014
    This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.

    Wednesday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. – noon
    $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers
    Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information. Purchase tickets now
  • Lymans Lost and Found: Rediscovering a Family Compound in Waltham

    Waltham | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014
    Today, two historic country estates in Waltham, Stonehurst and the Lyman Estate, are preserved to tell the story of the Lyman family and their descendants. In the past, the properties associated with five generations of this prominent family encompassed a much larger area, with many outlying structures. Some Lyman family buildings no longer exist, but others are still standing undiscovered in the community. An illustrated lecture by City of Waltham's Curator of Stonehurst Curator Ann Clifford and Historic New England Senior Preservation Services Manager Sally Zimmerman reveals what’s been lost, what’s been found, and how this extensive family compound changed over time and survives today.

    In partnership with the City of Waltham’s Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate.

    Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Reserve tickets now

    Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

  • Celebrate Independence Day at Otis House

    Boston | Dates: 04 Jul, 2014
    On your way to the fireworks, experience the elegant life of one of Boston's leading families just after the American Revolution. Tour the first floor of this elegant mansion, built in 1796.

    Friday, July 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Connecticut Historic Gardens Day

    Woodstock | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014

    Celebrate the eleventh annual Connecticut Historic Gardens Day with a guided tour of the formal parterre garden at Roseland Cottage, chosen by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s best public garden. Learn the history, significance, and theory behind the garden layout and design, and how that design reflects the theories of Andrew Jackson Downing. Guided tours on the hour.
  • Tiles for Miles

    New York | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014
    11:00am to 2:00pm

    Discover the beautiful tile patterns designed by the Guastavinos for the arched ceilings of the Vanderbilt Hotel, City Hall Subway Station, and the Queensboro Bridgemarket. View photographs, drawings, and watercolors of these designs in the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, then apply your own artistic eye to create an original pattern.

  • Innovators: The Engineering and Design of Tall Buildings

    New York | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014


    If the Guastavinos – with their miraculous thin-tile structural vaults – were the building technology innovators of a century ago, who are the innovators of today? As 21st-century skylines continue to rise, architects and engineers must solve an ever-mounting array of design and construction challenges.  Join Nadine Post, award-winning journalist and Editor-at-Large for Engineering News-Record, and other leading innovators for a roundtable discussion on how they are tackling the issues presented by buildings that exceed 100 stories. Panelists include structural engineer Bill Baker (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), mechanical engineer Ashok Raiji, Assoc. AIA (ARUP), and architects Paul Katz, FAIA (Kohn Pedersen Fox) and Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, the visionaries behind some of the tallest buildings in the world.

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and presented in conjunction with Palaces for the People.

    Free for AIA, ACEC and Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.

    1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.

  • Vintage Wisconsin Gardens Book Talk

    Crandon | Dates: 30 Jun, 2014

    Join Lee Somerville, author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening, for a discussion of vintage Wisconsin gardens as Crandon Public Library plants its own vintage garden. The author introduces readers to the Wisconsin's ornamental gardens of the 19th and early 20th centuries, showcasing the "vernacular" gardens created by landscaping enthusiasts for their own use and pleasure.