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. 2 in New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.
This tour begins at the edge of the financial district and continues into the Civic Center with the Federal Post Office, a WPA product of the Modern Classic; and three remarkable municipal buildings at the northern tip of the Foley Square courts district: the New York State Building, the Health, Hospitals and Sanitation Building and the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. Star architect of the walk is Ralph Walker, designer of three communications-related behemoths: the delightfully decorative New York Telephone Company headquarters, the ponderously massive Western Union Building, and the Long Lines Building which is both massive and decorative.