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Events October 2013

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIWalking Tour

East Midtown Modern At Risk

October 6, 2013

What is the Modern historic fabric of East Midtown? What may be lost if the proposed East Midtown Rezoning becomes a reality in its present form? The Grand Central District was redeveloped in two distinct phases over the course of the 20th-century. The Beaux-Arts inspired “Terminal City” rose over the rail yards in the two decades following the Terminal’s completion in 1913. The second phase followed World War II, when the area adjacent to Grand Central was transformed into the premier International Style district in the city. Explore this district with architectural historian John Kriskiewicz and discover the context of New York’s iconic 20th-century heart …and what is at risk.

Stops along the tour will include 445 Park Avenue (Universal Pictures Building, Kahn & Jacobs, 1947) the Avenue’s first postwar office building; 830 Park Avenue (Girl Scouts Building, SOM, 1957) by SOM’s Roy Allen and William Meyer; 711 Third Avenue (U.S. Plywood, William Lescaze & Associates, 1963) with its art object elevator; a slew of Emery Roth and Sons landmarks; the icons we still refer to as “Pan Am,” "Union Carbide" and “Pepsi Cola”—and more. 

This tour is part of DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2013.

Sunday October 6, 11:00am
$15 DOCOMOMO members/$25 General
Tour departure point will be provided to registrants before tour.

Tickets available now via our NYCharities event site. 

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Lobby, 711 Third Avenue, William Lescaze, 1956, with Venetian tile mosaic by Hans Hoffman. photo: K. Randall
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909 Third Avenue, incorporating the FDR Station Post Office, Max O. Urbahn and Emery Roth & Sons, 1968. Photo: Julie Rosen.

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