Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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Lectures, Tours, Events

What Would Hamilton Do? Historic Preservation in an Anti-Federalist EraRegister Now!

Monday, June 26, 2017; 5:30 P.M. Reception, 6:00 P.M. Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present a panel discussion, What Would Hamilton Do? Historic Preservation in an Anti-Federalist Era, in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter. For more than 35 years, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has existed to preserve historic buildings and catalyze economic development, through the restoration and reuse of homes, businesses, schools, and community spaces across the country. Some have long sought to eliminate this and several other credits as a way of raising revenue and simplifying the tax code.

As the national debate around tax policy intensifies, AIANY and the ICAA host a discussion with architects, academics, and preservationists to explore their particular perspectives on the Historic Tax Credit:

Lisa Easton, AIA, Partner, Easton Architects
Francis Morrone, Faculty, New York University
Samuel G. White, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, PBDW
Andrew S. Potts, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Charlie Herman (moderator), Business and Culture Editor, WNYC

Please note that note that AIA CE credits will be offered to active AIA members through the AIA. For more information, click here.

Location: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NY, NY 10012

Cost/Reservations: Free for AIA members and ICAA members; $10 for general public.

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Ornament is Virtue with Matthew McNicholasRegister Now!

Thursday, June 29, 2017; 6:00 P.M. Reception, 6:30 P.M. Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present a discussion with Matthew McNicholas, AIA, who will be speaking on how ornament (that which beautifies our built environment and adds grace to our buildings) plays a far more important role in our everyday experience than previously understood or acknowledged. Matthew will present the science-based case for the use of ornament in architecture, considering whether a building could make you healthier, smarter, and happier.

Matthew McNicholas, AIA, is a Principal with MGLM Architects in Chicago. Matthew regularly conceives and executes ornamental and decorative programs and designs for all building types, and has served extensively as a thematic, decorative, and ornamental consultant. A published and awarded artist and designer, he currently heads the Preservation Committee of the Auxiliary Board for Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium Theatre. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architectural Design and Urbanism.

Location: The ICAA’s Library at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission. Reservations are required.

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Members' ReceptionRegister Now!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017; 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) for an evening in celebration of our members!

We invite all members to spend the evening exploring our 3rd Floor Library and touring our Cast Hall on Tuesday, July 18. Learn about our historic plaster cast collection, which was deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, and browse through our 3rd Floor Library, which features rare books and special collections about classical architecture and art, as well as urbanism and architectural history.

Membership support directly impacts our ability to offer unique programming, courses, and publications of the highest possible quality. We are pleased to open our unique office and gallery spaces to our members in appreciation for the wonderful contributions, inspiration, and vision they lend to our organization.

For more information on our historic plaster cast collection, visit our website. We also invite you to learn more about our Library.

Not an ICAA member yet? Join now.

Location: 20 W 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036

Cost/Reservations: This event is free and for members only. Reservations are required.

Discover Classical New York: Harkness House TourRegister Now!

Saturday, September 16, 2017; Tours at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Once again, Harkness House curator, Paul Wentworth Engel, will lead tours of the Harkness House. Described by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “an imposing residence in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo… outstanding not only for excellence of design and beauty of execution, but also for subtle richness of detail,” the house and its English, French, and Italian style interiors remain virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Designed by the architect James Gamble Rogers for Edward and Mary Harkness, the house was a wedding gift to them from Edward’s mother, Anna Harkness. Upon the Harkness’ deaths in 1940 and 1950, the house was bequeathed to the Harkness family foundation, The Commonwealth Fund. In a sense, the house never left the family and is one of the best surviving examples from New York’s Great House Era. Since 1952, the house has been the headquarters for the Fund, which maintains the house impeccably.

Location: Harkness House, 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.
Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, $30 General Public. Registration is required. Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15am for the 10:30am tour and at 12:45pm for the 1:00pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Photo: New York Adventure Club

Formality and Informality: Lecture with Landscape Designer Arne MaynardRegister Now!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 6:30 P.M. Reception, 7 P.M. Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce a lecture with landscape designer Arne Maynard co-hosted by Architectural Digest.

Arne Maynard designs gardens that play with the balance between formality and informality. It is the combination of these two principles that yields gardens full of romantic, atmospheric, and informal planting, and which have a longevity that comes from the enduring strength of a formal structure.

In this exclusive lecture for the ICAA, Arne will talk through a selection of his mature projects, showing how the layers of formality and informality play their roles in his designs. The formal layout, defined by elements such as paths, hedges, trees, and topiary, form the bones of the garden that endure throughout the year. These are juxtaposed with plants that are encouraged, in their moment of exuberance, to truly inhabit the spaces. In Arne Maynard’s gardens, roses tumble through trees and spill over walls, above meadows and borders that are celebrations of the seasons, temporarily dissolving the perennial formality of the structure beneath.

Arne Maynard is an international garden designer with a portfolio of high profile clients. He is an RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show winning designer, and is hailed by his profession as one of the most important garden designers working today. Central to Arne Maynard’s work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. Attention to detail, both in the planting and the structure of the garden, is paramount in Arne’s designs, which draw on a wide range of references, from architecture to garden history, and from interior design to often long-forgotten traditional crafts and techniques.

Arne’s latest book, The Gardens of Arne Maynard, published by Merrell, is available to purchase now from book shops or online.

Location: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission. Reservations are required.

Image Credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer, William Collinson.

Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour & ScholarshipsRegister Now!

October 7 - 14, 2017

Examining French Classical Architecture through Sketching & Watercolor

The Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is based on the successful Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge of American architects, designers and students in French Classical architecture, interiors and landscape.

The week-long program is a sketching and watercolor course for the study of Classical French architecture, interiors and landscapes. Students will develop skills necessary for the illustration of each subject using various media including pencils, ink and watercolor painting. The study of iconic architecture, gardens, and objets d’art throughout the city of Paris and its environs will enable students to experience the principles of Classical design.The tour curriculum includes classes and demonstrations of sketching and watercolor, tours of prominent Classical buildings and visits to institutions which have preserved records of Classical works, ending in a final presentation of student work.

45 AIA LUs

Tuition for the Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is $2,700 ($2,600 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Paris and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost.


Note: Several places are reserved for scholarship applicants. Should you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill in the application form instead of registering online. Please see instructions below.

The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”
To be considered for a student scholarship, please send the following, as PDF’s, to The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is August 5, 2017.

The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:

Completed Scholarship Application Form
• A brief letter describing why you are interested in, and how you will benefit from the program
• Examples of your work: suggested 3-4 images submitted as PDFs
• Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
• Letter of Recommendation

Instructors: Kahlil Hamady, Leslie-jon Vickory, Andrew Zega and Bernd Dams

For more information please contact Alexa Marshall, Education Programs Assistant, at or 212-730-9646 ext 111.

To view the 2017 itinerary for the Paris Drawing Tour, please click here. (schedule subject to change)

The 6th Annual Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Further details to be announced.

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