Virtual Book Talk: Posh Portals with Author Andrew Alpern


Watercolor illustration from Posh Portals

New York City is home to some of the most lavish examples of luxury apartment buildings anywhere in the world, many of which date back close to a century. Luxury apartment living was invented in New York City in 1884 with the Dakota, and the early part of the 20th century saw a wave of superb apartment buildings being built in the city. Each of these remarkable residences has an entrance that, as architectural historian Andrew Alpern writes in the introduction to his new book, Posh Portals, “is that important first impression, the opening sentence of the architectural story that sets the mood of the apartment building.”

In this event, Andrew Alpern takes us on a virtual tour of the extraordinary entrances to some of New York City’s finest architectural treasures. Highlights of this event include the entrances to such iconic luxury apartment buildings as the Dakota and the San Remo, as well as lesser-known gems like Brooklyn's Chateau Frontenac. Alpern will explore the features that give these entrances their distinctive character, share some of their colorful histories, and discuss surprising similarities among some of the entrances he discovered in his research for Posh Portals.

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Photographs are by Kenneth Grant and Watercolor Drawings by Simon Fieldhouse. Book cover courtesy of Abbeville Press