Third Avenue & the United Nations

Modern Architecture Walking Tour

With John Arbuckle

[In-person tour] The construction of the United Nations Headquarters and the demolition of the Third Avenue El prompted a vast amount of building in Turtle Bay during the Post-war era. This tour examines highlights of Modern architecture along Third Avenue from East 52nd Street to 42nd Street, and concluding with the area surrounding the U.N. We will see Philip Johnson’s Rockefeller Guest House (1950), two of the city’s earliest Modern townhouses including the home and studio of William Lescaze (1934), Roche Dinkeloo’s masterwork the Ford Foundation (1967), the United Nations Headquarters (1952), and some less known Modern gems. 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 90 minutes to 2 hours. Meeting location is provided with registration.

Saturday, July 23
11:00 AM

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

Tickets:
Member: $20
Non-member: $30

The Rockefeller Guest House. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Elisa Rolle. Modifications: photo cropped.