Reservations required. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. $30 per person ($20 for MAS members). For information and registration, watch this space, or call the M.A.S. at 212-935-3960.
Based on Itinerary No. 11 in New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.
High up on a hill, its streets lined with modest but attractive six-story Art Deco apartment hoses, Washington Heights has more in common with West Bronx neighborhoods just across the Harlem River than with the rest of Manhattan. Many of the same architects who worked on the Grand Concourse also designed apartment buildings on or near Fort Washington Avenue – we will see work by Horace Ginsbern, Jacob Felson, Israel Crausman, Miller and Goldhammer, Charles Kreymborg, and H. Herbert Lillien. Two taller apartment buildings, by Boak and Paris, offer a more idiosyncratic take on the modernism of the 1930s. This walk with Anthony W. Robins will also include a one-story taxpayer, and one of the city’s few frankly Deco subway entrances. But the star attraction is the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist (now the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights), one of perhaps a dozen or so Art Deco houses of worship anywhere in the city.