The First MAS Tour, 62 Years Later

MAS has offered walking tours for over 60 years - it all started with this one

With Francis Morrone

The first-ever MAS walking tour was on April 8, 1956, co-led by Henry Hope Reed and E. Powis Jones. There had never been anything like it. Newspapers sent reporters to cover it, and neighborhood residents went to the sidewalks to greet the tourgoers, even in the pouring rain. The tour covered Madison Square and Gramercy Park. This year we commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the First Tour by covering the same ground. How have these places changed since 1956? How are they the same? What were people’s concerns about these places in 1956? Or 1976? This special enhanced-price tour is also a walking tour about walking tours and what they have meant to New York. Onetime Landmarks Preservation Commission chairman Harmon Goldstone said “when the Landmarks Law was proposed in the early 1960s, it passed unanimously in the City Council, because people were aware and enthusiastic about preservation, largely thanks to Henry’s” walking tours.

Sunday, April 8
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Tickets:
Member: $30
Non-member: $40

People on a walking tour in New York City
1956

MAS Holds New York City’s First Walking Tour

MAS begins to curate architectural walking tours of New York City, a key tool for our preservation and advocacy efforts. Visit our events page to join us for a tour this month.

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