Rooms of Their Own

Social and Architectural History of Women's Institutions on the Upper East Side

With Lucie Levine

[In-person tour] The Upper East Side boasts the first private women’s social club in New York, the first public women’s college in the nation, and the first Black working women’s settlement house in the city. Since the 19th century, the neighborhood has been home to clubs, schools, residences, political institutions, and professional associations catering exclusively to women. The women who founded, joined, lived, worked and learned in these institutions used them to shape their lives, their city, and their nation. On this walking tour, honoring Women’s Equality Day, and led by historian Lucie Levine, we will dive into the architectural and social history of these establishments, and delve into more than 100 years of local women’s history through the spaces they made their own.

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 90 minutes to 2 hours. Meeting location is provided with registration.

Registration is now closed.

Saturday, August 27
11:00 AM

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

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

The Barbizon Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Photo: Ted Mineau.