Shaping Our City: Midtown Transformed, 1900-1925

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

With construction of the monumental New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal in the first decade of the 20th century, midtown was forever changed. No longer dominated by town houses and railway facilities, it became a lively hub of private clubs, office towers, and hotels. Join architectural historian Matt Postal and learn about the lasting impact of these Beaux Arts masterpieces: how such ambitious projects replaced a reservoir and rail yard, encouraged innovative ideas about city planning, and helped introduce high-rise construction to the area. Highlights include the Knox Building, Bryant Park Studios, Park Avenue Viaduct, and various landmarks with subterranean links to the great terminal.

Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

exterior, Main Branch of the New York Public Library, 1914
Main Branch of the New York Public Library, 1914. Photo: The Library of Congress.