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Lectures, Tours, Events

Zoning for Public Good

Thursday, January 26, 2017; 6:30pm

The ICAA is pleased to present “Zoning for Public Good” in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. In the face of rapid new development, New Yorkers are grappling with how to best ensure that private investment doesn’t come at the expense of access to some of the city’s most valuable assets: open space, transportation, and affordable housing. Through zoning, the city is helping to foster this balance, creating benefits for the public as seen in examples such as Brooklyn Bridge Park and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan. To view all of the programs in conjunction with Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016, click here.

Tom Angotti, Director, Center for Community Planning and Development, Hunter College
Daniel Garodnick, New York City Council Member
Joe Rose, Chair, The Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use
Madelyn Wils, President and CEO, Hudson River Park Trust
Moses Gates (moderator), Director of Community Planning & Design, The Regional Plan Association

Location: The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave & 103rd St., New York, NY 10029

Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID), $10 for ICAA & MCNY members. Includes Museum admission. To purchase tickets, click here. Use code ZONE for $10 tickets.

Image Credit: Rob Stephenson, Midtown Manhattan, 2016. Courtesy of the photographer/Museum of the City of New York

16th Annual McKim Lecture with John SimpsonRegister Now!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017; 6:15pm Reception, 6:45pm Lecture, Optional Dinner Follows

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is proud to partner with the University Club and the One West 54th Street Foundation to present the Annual McKim Lecture – named in honor of renowned architect, Charles McKim. John Simpson will deliver the 2017 lecture, entitled “The Timeless Language of Classicism,” on Wednesday, March 1 at the University Club. In this lecture, Mr. Simpson will consider how we, in the 21st Century, have come to admire, adopt, and develop the classical language of architecture and its varied ornament and decoration as practiced for over two millennia. The revival of classical design, its application and adaptation to create new types of buildings since the Renaissance, has endowed us with a rich legacy of buildings and public spaces.

John Simpson is the principal architect at John Simpson Architects. John studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Palladio Award, the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust Building of the Year Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and an Arthur Ross Award from the ICAA, among many others.
Since the 1980’s, John has endeavored to demonstrate the utility of classical architectural methods in contemporary practice. Over three decades ago, he was a principal figure in bringing public awareness to the New Classicism with projects that were greatly influenced by Georgian style. In 1999 his firm won the competition to redevelop the Queen’s Galleries and Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace, London that was completed in time for the opening of The Queen’s Jubilee Celebration in 2002.

First coming to prominence with his design for Paternoster Square in London in the early 1990’s, John Simpson is eminent in the urban design field. Since then he has become the principal planner for several new mixed-use urban extensions in England. He was the master planner for Fairfield Leyes in Aylesbury for the Ernest Cook Trust, Newcastle Great Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Swindon Southern Development Area. He was also the advisor to Solihull Metropolitan Council for the new village at Dickens Heath, completed in 2010.

John Simpson has won several competitions to design universities. In 2004, he was granted the award to design a master plan for a new building for Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge. Additionally he won a competition to design proposals for new graduate and undergraduate facilities at the Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.

Some of Mr. Simpson’s more recent awards include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for Building Conservation 2013; Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for a building providing a major Community Benefit 2013; Georgian Group Award for the Restoration of a Georgian Garden/Landscape 2012; Georgian Award for Best New Classical Building 2010; Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture 2008; Award of Excellence from the Society of American Registered Architects 2008; and The Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture in 2008.

Location: College Hall at the University Club, One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Cost/Reservations: Reservations are required. $85.00 per person for Cocktail Reception and Lecture; $175.00 per person for Cocktail Reception, Lecture, and Dinner.

Note: The University Club requires jacket and ties for gentlemen, equivalent for ladies.

Thank you to our sponsor, Nordic Custom Builders.

The Annual McKim Lecture is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) and the One West 54th Street Foundation. The One West 54th Street Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to preserve the architectural integrity and design of the University Club, a New York Historic Landmark building. The Foundation also provides scholarship to students, including those at the ICAA enrolled in its full array of programmatic offerings.

Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport Register Now!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to partner with The Questers to present, Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport, with Dr. Margot Nishimura.

It all began with a big empty house on the ocean. Having spent most of her adult life away from Newport, Doris Duke returned in the late 1950s to re-open Rough Point, the summer “cottage” purchased by her late father in 1922 and abandoned by her mother in 1954. Duke would furnish the house with the Gilded Age contents of the New York residence she gave to NYU in 1958, continue to collect in the fashion of her parents’ generation, and then turn her energies and considerable wealth to preserving the remains of Newport’s early architectural and decorative arts traditions. But why Newport in the first place, and then why the turn to the colonial past? Please join Dr. Margot Nishimura for a virtual tour of the properties and a reconsideration, drawing on recent archival discoveries, of factors that fed this most famous of philanthropist’s later-in-life interest in Newport and all its varied material legacies.

Margot McIlwain Nishimura holds a PhD in art history, with a specialization in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and a B.A. from Smith College, also in Art History. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2011 to 2014, she was Deputy Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and since December 2014 has served as the Deputy Director for Collections, Programs, and Public Engagement at the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), which was founded by Doris Duke in 1968.

Location: The Library at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members and members of The Questers; $30 General Admission.

George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City, with Dr. Julia King

April 2017 (TBD); 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Please note, this lecture has been postponed until April of 2017.

The ICAA is pleased to present a lecture with Dr. Julia King, in which she will be discussing her recent book, George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City.

During his lifetime, the work of the neoclassical architect George Hadfield (1763-1826) was highly regarded, both in England and the United States. Since his death, however, Hadfield’s contributions to architecture have slowly faded from view, and few of his buildings survive. In order to reassess Hadfield’s career and work, this talk draws upon a wide selection of written and visual sources to reconstruct his life and legacy. Dr. King will examine projects including the Capitol, Arlington House, and Old City Hall.

Dr. Julia King holds her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and a BA in the History of European Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London. She was a Fellow of the United States Capitol Historical Society, as well as the Royal Society of Arts, and served as the Executive Director of the Mills Society from 1984-1987. She has taught at East Tennessee State University, the University of Reading, and the Newport College of Art and Design, among other colleges. At present, Dr. King is a consultant historian and author of many works including, The Flowering of Art Nouveau Graphics, Equestrian Monuments, and George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City.

Location: The ICAA’s Library at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission. Further registration details to be announced.

Image credit: George Hadfield, Theatre of Marcellus, Courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Green-Wood’s Victorian Artists, Artisans and Architects

May 6, 2017

Green-Wood is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in the world. Established in 1838, it is among a handful of cemeteries in the United States to have been honored as a National Historic Landmark. Green-Wood’s 570,000 “permanent residents” include many prominent Victorian artists, artisans and architects—including Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Daniel D. Badger, James Bogardus, Eastman Johnson, William Merritt Chase and John George Brown, to name a few. Join cemetery president Richard J. Moylan and historian Jeff Richman for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Green-Wood’s collection of drawings, paintings, documents and ephemera related to these and other influential figures interred there. A Trolley Tour of Green-Wood’s picturesque Victorian grounds led by the cemetery’s historian will follow.

Location: Green-Wood, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Further details and registration information to be announced.