Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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Lectures, Tours, Events

An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details, a lecture and book signing with Phillip J. DoddRegister Now!

Thursday, September 15, 2016; 6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Lecture, Book Signing to Follow

The ICAA is pleased to present a special lecture with Phillip J. Dodd. Phillip’s discussion will focus on themes discussed in his recent publication, An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details. An Ideal Collaboration provides a follow-up to Phillip’s critically acclaimed, The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design, and Craftsmanship, including some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture in Great Britain and the United States, while also examining how collaboration between architects, decorators, landscape designers, and others is the key to their successful design.

Phillip is an English born architect, author, and educator, now living and practicing in the US. He received a Degree in Architecture from Manchester School of Architecture, before attending the Graduate Program at the then newly formed Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture. In 1996 he moved to the US, and shortly after gained a Masters in Architecture from The University of Notre Dame. After training with some of the most recognized residential architectural firms in America, in 2015 Phillip started his own design firm
Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design LLC.

Phillip is a contributing editor at Venu magazine, where he writes on the subject of Beaux-Arts Landmarks in New York City. His work has also been published in numerous periodicals, including Country Life, House & Garden, Quest, and Traditional Home. Currently, Phillip is working with photographer Jonathan Wallen on a new volume on The Beaux-Arts Architecture of New York City, due to be released in 2017.

Phillip is a Fellow Emeritus at the ICAA, where he has also taught several classical design courses. He has additionally taught at the University of Notre Dame, and the Interiors Departments at New York’s Parson’s School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States on the subject of classical architecture.

After the lecture, Phillip J. Dodd will be signing copies of his book, An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, Members of The Americans Friends of the Georgian Group, Members of The Royal Oak Foundation, and General Society Members; $30 General Admission.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The American Friends of the Georgian Group, The Royal Oak Foundation, and The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.

Discover Classical New York: Harkness House TourRegister Now!

Saturday, September 24, 2016; Tours at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Once again, Harkness House curator, Paul Wentworth Engel, will lead tours of the Harkness House. Described by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “an imposing residence in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo… outstanding not only for excellence of design and beauty of execution, but also for subtle richness of detail,” the house and its English, French, and Italian style interiors remain virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Designed by the architect James Gamble Rogers for Edward and Mary Harkness, the house was a wedding gift to them from Edward’s mother, Anna Harkness. Upon the Harkness’ deaths in 1940 and 1950, the house was bequeathed to the Harkness family foundation, The Commonwealth Fund. In a sense, the house never left the family and is one of the best surviving examples from New York’s Great House Era. Since 1952, the house has been the headquarters for the Fund, which maintains the house impeccably.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, $30 General Public. Registration is required. Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15am for the 10:30am tour and at 12:45pm for the 1:00pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

To register for the 10:30am tour, click here.

The 1:00pm tour is currently sold out. To place your name on the wait list, please contact

Location: Harkness House is located at 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Breakfast & Books Series with Michael G. ImberRegister Now!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016; 9:00am Breakfast, 9:30am Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the next event in the Breakfast & Books Series presented in partnership with the Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will be opening its doors before store hours on Wednesday, September 28th, exclusively for ICAA members and guests, to host a discussion with renowned architect Michael G. Imber entitled, Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists.

Michael G. Imber will speak about the book Americans in Florence and how America, especially New England and New York, found Tuscany to be the embodiment of history and humanity, essential to the development of “Yankee Taste” in the burgeoning years following America’s Civil War. The talk follows John Singer Sargent, born of American parents in Florence, and his compatriots and friends, John La Farge, Maxfield Parrish, Edith Wharton, and William Morris Hunt, as they seek to enrich their understanding of landscape and culture by living among the Tuscan landscape.

Michael is the principal architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC, a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas, recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment yet modern in its execution.

Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards, notably being honored with an Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings and neighborhood design. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for his contribution to American design as well as being honored with the Texas Society of Architects’ William W. Caudill, FAIA award for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. He has won four National Palladio Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Design as well as numerous Texas ICAA Staub Awards and AIA Awards. He was named “Master of the House” by Southern Accents Magazine and was the designer of the 2009 “Idea House” in Galveston, Texas for Coastal Living Magazine, as well as the 2011 “Idea House” for Southern Living Magazine.

Michael was founding president of the ICAA Texas Chapter and he currently serves as a board member of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation in New York. Rizzoli Press released a monograph of his work in 2013, Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses.

Location: The lecture and breakfast will take place at the Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway between 25th and 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Public. Reservations are required.

This lecture is Co-hosted by The Rizzoli Bookstore and the New York Chapter of the ICAA.

From Formality to Fantasy: Russell Page's Private Gardens in Normandy, with Eric HaskellRegister Now!

Thursday, October 6, 2016; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present, From Formality to Fantasy, with Eric Haskell. Haskell’s lecture will explore three private gardens in Normandy designed by the famed English landscape architect Russell Page, who lived in France from 1945 until 1962. His inquiry will frame these gardens within the larger context of Page’s career, including some American examples, then demonstrate how these landscapes mix formality with fantasy in often unexpected ways to achieve memorable effects. Through Page’s work, he will focus on the diverse currents that have influenced garden making in modern times, transfiguring it into a fine art.

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

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Admission.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2016.

Open House New York

Saturday, October 15, 2016; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 15th, the ICAA’s Historic Plaster Cast Gallery will be open to the public as part of Open House New York. Please visit for further details.

Presented in association with Open House New York.

Location: 20 West 44th Street, 6th Floor

Cost/Reservations: This event is free of charge.

Modern Aristocrats: Ancestral Houses and Their Stories, with James Reginato, Writer-at-large, Vanity FairRegister Now!

Monday, October 31, 2016; 6:15pm Lecture, Book Signing and Reception to Follow

The ICAA is pleased to present Modern Aristocrats: Ancestral Houses and Their Stories, in collaboration with The Royal Oak Foundation.

The history of England and the British people is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the seats they have occupied for centuries. These houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and at times scandal and tragedy. James Reginato, writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, will showcase several of these homes in England, Ireland, Italy, and the Carribean, and for the first times illustrate some of their private interiors—among them the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, the last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire; Villa Cetinale in Tuscany, owned by the 7th Earl of Durham; Blenheim Palace, the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough; Broughton Castle, home of the 21st Baron Saye and Sele; and The Grove in Oxfordshire, home of Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Lady Pamela Hicks. Mr. Reginato will bring the history of these families and remarkable residences alive and discuss how the modern stewards and aristocrats keep these stately homes going in high style, based on his new book Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats.

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

Cost/Reservations: $30 for ICAA Members* and Members of The Royal Oak Foundation; $40 Non-members. Registration is required. To register, please visit or call 800-913-6565 ext. 201.

*ICAA Members, use discount code 16FICAANY to receive the member price.

Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome, with CeCe HaydockRegister Now!

Thursday, November 10, 2016; 6:30pm Reception; 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to partner with the Garden Conservancy to present, Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome, a lecture with CeCe Haydock.

Edith Wharton’s (1862-1937) career as a leading American fiction writer is well-known. But her unusual ability both to write and to observe puts her at the forefront of Italian garden critics as well; her book Italian Villas and their Gardens, first published in 1904, remains a scholarly resource on the subject to this day. Join us for an illustrated talk by landscape architect and historian CeCe Haydock, presenting images of eight Roman villas described by Wharton in her influential book, and hear about the influence of the villas on Wharton’s own houses and her novels.

Constance (CeCe) Haydock graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and received a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working for the New York City Parks Department, she worked for the firm Innocenti and Webel in Locust Valley, NY, before starting her own practice, Constance T. Haydock, Landscape Architect, PC. In 2007, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where she researched Edith Wharton and Italian villas. She is an adjunct professor at Long Island University and has lectured and written on historic Italian, French, and American gardens for universities and numerous garden and horticultural clubs. She is currently expanding her private practice to include landscape sustainability.

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

Cost/Reservations: $15 for ICAA Members and Garden Conservancy Members; $30 General Admission. Complimentary tickets for students are available by calling Jennifer Hausler at The Garden Conservancy at 845-424-3500 ×212 (valid student I.D. required) or the ICAA at 212-730-9646 ×109

George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City, with Dr. Julia KingRegister Now!

Thursday, November 17, 2016; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

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.

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

2016 Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announces the fifth annual Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design. The awards recognize achievement in individual projects in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The awards program is named in honor of Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, whose legacy of design excellence and creativity in architecture and the related arts continues to serve as a source of inspiration and delight.

This year, projects will again be chosen in the following categories by a panel of distinguished jurors, and winners will be celebrated at an awards reception on December 7, 2016.

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Sponsor the 2016 Stanford White Awards
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2016 Stanford White Awards Sponsors
Rusk Renovations
Frank de Biasi Interiors
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Clark Construction Corp.
The Nanz Company
Robert Bump Construction
Remains Lighting
Sarah Blank Kitchen and Bath
The Urban Electric Co.
V. DiSalvo Contracting Co.
Vella Interiors
Zepsa Architectural Woodwork