Shaping Our City: High-Rise Living, the First 50 Years

Shaping Our City is a more or less chronological series devoted to the history and development of architecture in New York City.

With Matt Postal

Apartment living became fashionable in the 1880s, transforming the skyline, particularly on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This walking tour looks at the apartment building’s first half-century of development, including well-appointed “French” flats, studio buildings with double-height windows, and soaring apartment towers. We’ll discuss diverse stylistic trends, from Renaissance Revival and Neo-Gothic to Art Deco, with special attention given to West 66th Street, where many notable artists (and patrons) concentrated during the first decades of the 20th century.

Saturday, June 8
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

Tops of Central Park Wet buildings, seen from Central Park
The Majestic, Dakota, Langham and San Remo, as seen from Central Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Daniel Case. Modifications: photo cropped.