Image via Wikimedia: Daniel Schwen
New York is defined by its Art Deco buildings, which has transformed the city into the thriving metropolis that stands today. In celebration of the city’s architectural legacy, Untapped Cities is partnering with Anthony W. Robins, New York’s best-known Art Deco guide, for a special walking tour series that will bring visitors past the stunning monuments of the 1920s and 30s—from the towering Empire State Building to the Gramercy House on 22nd street. We’re holding this event series in conjunction with the launch of Robins’ guidebook, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, which captures thirty years’ worth of Art Deco knowledge within its pages.
- JULY 18th (PART I):
Murray Hill to Gramercy Park: This walk through the east side of Midtown South includes an unusual collection of buildings, each different from the next. We have a surprising modernist apartment building among the genteel town houses of Murray Hill; Ely Jacques Kahn’s most impressive office building (Two Park Avenue; and another Kahn building that’s no slouch); a work by Edgar Brandt, the great French iron master; the iconic Empire State Building; an incomplete attempt by Metropolitan Life to capture the Empire State Building’s “world’s tallest” title; and George and Edward Blum’s Gramercy House, with some of the most enjoyable Art Deco terra-cotta ornament in the city.
Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture
Tour Highlights include:
- New York Towne House, 108 East 38th Street; Bowden & Russell, with Emery Roth,1929-30
- Hotel Ten Park Avenue, 10 Park Avenue, Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray, 1929-31
- Two Park Avenue Building, 2 Park Avenue; Buchman & Kahn, 1926-28
- Cheney Brothers Silk Building, 181 Madison Avenue; Warren & Wetmore, 1924-25; storefront: Edgar Brandt of Ferrobrandt, 1925
- Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue; Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931
- Metropolitan Life North Tower, 11 Madison Avenue; Corbett & Waid, 1931-33
- Gramercy Arms, 102 East 22nd Street; Sugarman & Berger, 1928
- Gramercy House, 253 East 22nd Street; George & Edward Blum, 1930
Below are some of the buildings we will see and discuss on Part I of our tour:
Gramercy House. Image via Wikimedia: Beyond My Ken
Two Park Avenue. Image via Wikimedia: Beyond My Ken
Image via Flickr: Anthony Quintano
Also make sure to join us for our other Art Deco itineraries:
- AUGUST 17th (PART II):
Central Park West: Join us on a pleasant stroll along Central Park West for a closer look at the buildings that form Manhattan’s major residential skyline, including the great twin-towered skyscraper-apartment houses—the Century, the Majestic, and the Eldorado — that tower over Central Park, and other multicolored Jazz Age fantasies of high living. Click here for more information.
- SEPTEMBER 28th (PART III):
Beekman Place to Rockefeller Center: Starting on the far east side of Midtown at posh Beekman Place, we visit a handful of modernistic residences ranging from the fabulously wealthy River House (6.3) to the more modestly middle-class Southgate apartments to the former Panhellenic Tower, a redoubt for young professional women taking on the big city in the 1920s. Pushing westward into the commercial heart of Midtown we visit the spectacular but lesser-known General Electric Building and continue with the Waldorf-Astoria, New York’s preeminent skyscraper hotel. We close with a brief look at Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan’s urbane urban wonderland. Click here for more information.
What to know: The tour is 2-hours long
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes