The Center for Architecture has some great programming this month, including a reading of The Eternal Space, a play and exhibition about the demolition of Penn Station. On November 16th, they’re giving a tour of SoHo’s cast iron architecture as part of its “Reading the Streetscape” series. Led by Catherine Teegarden, the Center’s Director of Education, you’ll learn about the materials and building technologies that shaped SoHo in the 19th Century, how to identify cast iron buildings and understand the role their design and construction played in popularizing the building style and how they set the stage for the skyscrapers that followed.

Read more about the equally ubiquitous fire escapes in Soho in our Cities 101 on the rules of fire escapes in NYC.