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Tour: Art Deco on East 42nd Street
May 19 @ 10:00 am
Sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden, Members Trips. (To take this tour, you must be a member of the Botanical Garden – click here for membership details.) Reservations required: call 1-718-817-8703, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details TBA.
Coined in the 1960s to describe a style of French decorative arts, “Art Deco” can refer to anything from saltcellars to skyscrapers built with abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still define the city’s visual identity. This tour focuses on three of the finest Deco monuments in midtown: the Daily News Building by Raymond Hood (1929), the Chanin Building by Sloane & Robertson (1927), and the Chrysler Building by William Van Alen (1930), plus a look at nearby Tudor City. Your guide, Anthony W. Robins, is the author of the award-winning New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.