Fifth Avenue Modern

With John Arbuckle

[In-person] Examine the modern and contemporary architecture along and near Fifth Avenue from 42nd to 54th Street. Highlights include: the former Manufacturers Trust Company (1954), designed by Pritzker laureate Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; the first phase of Rockefeller Center (1939), by Associated Architects; and the original building of the Museum of Modern Art (1939), designed by Philip Goodwin & Edward Durell Stone. The tour will discuss alterations to many of the buildings over time, including images of important interiors which no longer exist. We will follow the route of a tour from Ada Louise Huxtable’s guide “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City,” jointly published by the Municipal Art Society and the Museum of Modern Art in 1961. Tour guide John Arbuckle is President of DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State, the local chapter of an international organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture.

In-person tours are limited to 25 attendees and are held outdoors.  Walking tours bring individuals into close proximity with each other, we therefore recommend that all tour goers wear masks during the tours, regardless of vaccination status.  Your tour guide and your fellow tour participants will thank you for your cooperation.  Should the tours happen to venture indoors, many places require masks and/or proof of vaccination, so please be prepared to have both with you.

MAS Walking Tours last approximately 2 hours. Meeting location is provided with registration.

Sunday, May 22
2:00 PM

In-person tour (meeting location delivered in registration confirmation email)

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

The Manufacturers Trust Company Building on Fifth Avenue. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Beyond My Ken. Modifications: photo cropped.