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MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings in New York City

urban-planning-design-research-library-new-yorkIn four highly informative sessions, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to the Manhattan Department of Builidings completes the course. Robins, who will be including resources he used in researching his recent book on Grand Central Terminal, has been leading this class for MAS for more than 25 years and past participants have included architects, engineers, building owners, preservation advocates, lawyers and landmarks commissioners and even a New York City detective!

The class will meet on Tuesdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM in the Greenacre Reference Library at the Municipal Art Society, located at 111 W. 57th Street, 16th Floor, Manhattan.  The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning (date TBD) following the last class session.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
The Building
An introduction to the records of the Department of Buildings: new buildings and alteration applications, docket books, index cards, block and lot maps, and the mysteries of the plan desk and the computerized B.I.S. (Building Information System).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
The Client
Wade through deeds, directories, obituaries, Who’s Who and local histories.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
The Architect
Learn how to use standard texts, guidebooks, periodicals, the Avery Index, and Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records publications.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Miscellaneous Sources
Includes the use of photograph collections, maps, New York City archives, libraries and historical societies.

Field Trip
Students choose one date to visit the Manhattan Department of Buildings, the New York County Register’s Office, the Municipal Archives and the Municipal Reference Library.  Students will choose their preferred field trip date in class on a weekday morning following the last class session.

Lectures and field trip cannot be purchased separately. The course is $300, $250 MAS members/students.  Click here to register.