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Lectures, Tours, Events

The Drawing Room: English Country House DecorationRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014; 6:00 pm Lecture; 7:00 pm Reception and Book Signing

The ICAA is pleased to present The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration in partnership with the Royal Oak. The drawing room, a formal place where family and honored guests could retire from the more public arena, is one of the most important rooms in historic English country houses. Throughout history it has been a place for a family to display their status through design, decoration, artworks, and collections. The drawing room is the center of social life in the English countryside and the epitome of English country house decoration. In his talk, architectural historian Jeremy Musson will give a lively tour of some of the finest drawing rooms in spectacular houses that include Althorp, Attingham, and Knepp Castle. Mr. Musson’s illustrated lecture will feature the interiors from the 16th century to the present day, including the work of 20th century design legends such as David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric. He also will show the details of furniture, architectural elements, decorative arts, and textiles, and explain how the contents and decoration of these private spaces expressed the taste, ambitions, pleasures, and dreams of the landowners for whom they were created.

Jeremy Musson was awarded an M Phil in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is an architectural historian and served as Architectural Editor of Country Life from 1998-2007. Before joining Country Life in 1995, Mr. Musson was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia and has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Chatsworth to South Wraxall Manor. He also presented 14 programs in two popular TV series on BBC2 called “The Curious House Guest.” A regular lecturer in the UK and the USA, Mr. Musson also works as a historic buildings consultant whose clients include the National Trust and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He serves as a trustee of the Stowe House Preservation Trust and the Country Houses Foundation, and sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Ely Cathedral. Among his many books are English Country House Interiors (2011), The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh (2008), and How to Read a Country House (2007). Mr. Musson’s latest book, illustrated with new photography by leading architectural photographer, Paul Barker, is The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration, (Rizzoli 2014).

Location: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY. Registration is required.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call (800) 913-6565, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 14FICAANY.

New England: 2014 Bulfinch Awards

November 12, 2014

The winners of ICAA New England’s fifth annual Bulfinch Awards will be recognized during an evening ceremony and reception at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Visit the ICAA New England Chapter website for more information.

The Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design Gala

November 13, 2014

The Royal Oak Foundation’s 17th annual Timeless Design Gala will take place on Thursday November 13, 2014 at the Essex House in New York. Royal Oak will honor the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art with the Heritage Award, and David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley of Nymans, with the Timeless Design Award.

In honoring the Institute, Royal Oak recognizes the significant role that the ICAA plays in the advancement of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and their allied arts. This aligns it with the mission of the National Trust, Royal Oak’s principal partner, which preserves and makes accessible some of the greatest examples of neo-Classical architecture and fine and decorative arts. The Institute’s commitment to education for both professional and wider audiences and its national reach also correspond to Royal Oak’s work in educating American audiences about British art, history, and culture. The Heritage Award recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage.

Please visit for more details and to purchase tickets to the Timeless Design Gala.

Chicago-Midwest: 2014 Acanthus Awards

November 15, 2014

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art will recognize the winners of the 2014 Acanthus Awards on Saturday, November 15 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Elks National Memorial in Chicago, IL.

Visit the Acanthus Awards website for more details.

George Stacey and the Creation of American ChicRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 6:30 PM Reception and Book Signing; 7:00 PM Lecture

After four years researching Stacey and his story, author Maureen Footer produced a book that is equal parts biography, design history, and social chronicle. Her book, published by Rizzoli (2014) provides the basis for her illustrated lecture for the ICAA.

In the 1930s, Paris-trained interior designer George Stacey shot to prominence with projects for fashion high-priestess Diana Vreeland and commissions for socialites with last names such as Astor, Paley, Harriman, and Whitney. His work—avidly covered at the time by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden and Town & Country—defined American chic. Balancing modern aesthetics with rigorous classical training, Stacey created the template for American style that shaped Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Michael Taylor, and Mark Hampton. Beyond aesthetics, the Stacey story is significant as it captured the spirit of an independent-minded, newly sophisticated, and emerging world power.  Stacey’s work yields a multi-faceted portrait of an era, its glamour and its mood, chronicling the ascendancy of America in its most influential decades of the 20th century. 

Author and designer Maureen Footer holds degrees from Wellesley College and Columbia University and studied French eighteenth century decorative arts and design at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She worked at McMillen Inc. and Molyneux Studio before establishing her own design firm in New York City.

Location: ICAA, 20 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. To reserve, call (212) 730-9646, ext. 104 or register online.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with current ID. $30 for the general public.

2014 Stanford White AwardsRegister Now!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; 6:00-9:00 pm

The Institute is honored to host this year’s awards presentation and reception in the refectory of the General Theological Seminary, designed by architect Charles C. Haight – now a part of the Highline Hotel in Chelsea, located at 180 10th Avenue at 20th Street.

Location: The Highline Hotel, 180 Tenth Avenue (at 20th Street), New York, NY 10011

Tickets are available for $125 per person. Reservations are required. Call (212) 730-9646 or register online.

Annual McKim Lecture with Francis Morrone

Wednesday, March 4, 2015; Reception at 6:15 PM; Lecture begins at 6:45 PM

This event is generously sponsored by Hyde Park Mouldings.

The McKim Lecture, now in its 14th year, is held in partnership with the One West 54th Street Foundation at College Hall at the University Club, New York City. 

Details to be announced.

Joint Spring Studio TourRegister Now!

Saturday, April 18, 2015; 1:00 PM

On Saturday April 18, 2015 the Institute will offer a small group the rare opportunity to enter the creative spaces of three extraordinary artists. First stop will be the shared studio of Will St. John and Colleen Barry. St. John is a winner of the Alma Shapiro Prize and both teach at the Grand Central Atelier. Our second stop is the neoclassical studio and home of John Woodrow Kelley an ICAA Fellow Emeritus, known for his large paintings of Greek mythology.

Additional details to be announced.