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Saturday June 4
Stanford White and Friends
Join Justin Ferate as we seek out monuments and memories of one of this nation’s greatest architects: Stanford White, while also focusing on White’s generous embracing of the works of his fellow artists. We’ll begin at the Renwick Triangle, to view the site where Stanford White was born. Traveling to Cooper Square, we’ll view the statue of Peter Cooper – a sculpture by White’s long-time friend, Augustus St. Gaudens with a neoclassical base and granite entablature designed by Stanford White. Moving westward, we’ll travel the byways of Greenwich Village to see White’s magnificent Italianate creation, Judson Memorial Church, complete with an Italian campanile (bell tower). We’ll also view and discuss the history of what is possibly Stanford White’s most beloved monument: Washington Arch, dedicated to the Inauguration of the first President of the United States.
En route, we’ll also discuss White’s inordinately active social life with buildings such as the Benedick (featured in Edith Wharton’s novel, House of Mirth), the Salmagundi Club, and the Tile Club, which was remodeled by White. We’ll also note the site of the 10th Street Studio Building, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt in 1857 as the first modern artists’ studio building in the United States. This building was the center of New York’s art world (and the home base for many of Stanford White’s friends) throughout the remainder of the 19th century.
For a diversion, we’ll also view the home of Lockwood de Forest and the adjacent Ava, which was once home to the beloved Greenwich Village writer Dawn Powell. The buildings are replete with exquisite East Indian teak carvings conceived and executed for Lockwood de Forest, a prominent decorator and associate of Louis Comfort Tiffany (and, of course, a friend of Stanford White). These two structures are an absolute delight for the eye!
We’ll also discover the Church of the Ascension, designed in 1840 by noted architect Richard Upjohn (Trinity Church Wall Street). During the years 1885-1889, Stanford White hired a group of artists in redesigning the church’s interiors. John La Farge created the immense altar mural – one of the finest in the nation. Other details were by Louis St. Gaudens, David Maitland Armstrong, and Charles Follen McKim. The church is truly a Stanford White ensemble!
Come join us! There’s much more to see on this jaunt as we discover some of the New York’s great treasures by Stanford White and his friends!
Saturday June 18
THE NEW QUEENS MUSEUM & THE 1939 & 1964 WORLD’S FAIR SITE
The Queens Museum structure was built as the New York City Building – to house the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. The building was directly adjacent to the great icons of the Fair, the Trylon and Perisphere, and it was one of the few buildings created for the Fair that were intended to be permanent. It is now the only surviving building from the 1939 World’s Fair. One of the proudest periods in the history of the New York City Building was from 1946 to 1950 when it housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations. Today, that original building has been transformed. Join Justin as we tour some of the current exhibitions in this newly expanded Queens Museum. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to view some of the museum’s several beloved ongoing exhibitions.
We will visit the Panorama of the City of New York – the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art.
Now on display in the new wing of the Queens Museum is the ever-beloved Egon and Hildegard Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. The inaugural exhibition for the gallery is Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios, which features 20 lamps exemplifying Tiffany’s masterful translation of nature into glass.
The Queens Museum will always be inextricably linked to the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, and now on display is a collection of more than 10,000 objects pertaining to the two expositions.
After our visit to the Queens Museum, we’ll take a brief walking tour of this vibrant public space to learn about the remaining landmarks from the World’s Fairs, and the incredible history of two of New York’s most important cultural events.
PLEASE PRINT OUT WOLFE WALKERS BROCHURE FOR BUS INSTRUCTIONS, IF DESIRED.
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