Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



Thank you to our seasonal sponsor Balmer Architectural Mouldings, Inc.

Our additional thanks to our co-seasonal sponsor Interior Management, LLC.

Lectures, Tours, Events

2015 Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 2, 2015; 6:00-9:00pm

This event is sold out.

Please contact to place your name on the wait list or for further ticket inquiries.

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter

The Institute is honored to host this year’s awards presentation and reception at the newly restored Prince George Ballroom, originally designed by architect Howard Greenley in the Beaux Arts style in 1904 as part of The Prince George Hotel.

Location: The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues) New York, NY 10016

This year’s Stanford White Awards will be hosted by Justin Davidson. Mr. Davidson is critic for architecture and classical music at New York magazine. Before that, he spent 12 years as classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and was a regular commentator on cultural issues. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner, he was born and raised in Rome, and is an alumnus of Harvard and Columbia. He has contributed to The New Yorker, W., Travel and Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, and has appeared on WNYC and NPR. He is currently at work on a book, Magnetic City, an ambler’s companion to New York, to be published by Random House.

Tickets are available for $125 per person. Reservations are required.

The 2015 Stanford White Awards are generously sponsored by:
Zen Restoration
S. Donadic, Inc.
Christopher Peacock
Horizon Builders
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Vella Interiors
Bieber Windows and Doors
Eric J. Smith Architect, PC
John B. Murray Architect, LLC
Linda London, Ltd.
Marmi Natural Stone
Remains Lighting
The Nanz Company
The Urban Electric Co.
Zepsa Industries, Inc.

For information on sponsoring the 2015 Stanford White Awards, contact Kathleen Maloney, Associate Director of Development, at or call 212-730-9646 ext. 106.

Illustrated Lecture: The 19th Century City and the Book

Wednesday, January 27, 2016; 6:30PM Lecture, Reception to Follow

The ICAA is proud to co-sponsor The 19th Century City and the Book in collaboration with the Merchant’s House Museum.

Architectural historian Francis Morrone has for the last several years been studying the history of New York as a center of American book culture–publishing, printing, bookselling, libraries, and book reviewing. In this illustrated lecture, he will discuss the neighborhood of the Merchant’s House in a fascinating chapter of its varied history, when it was a center of bibliophily. The talk will cover DeVinne Press (right at our corner), the Astor Library, the Mercantile Library, Bible House, the fabled Book Row on Fourth Avenue, the origins of Barnes & Noble (at The Cooper Union), Dodd, Mead, Brentano’s, and more. Reception follows the lecture.

Francis Morrone is a renowned architectural historian and writer. The author of eleven books, including, most recently, “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013). Morrone has also written highly-regarded architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal, Humanities and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic. He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and has received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world. Other awards include the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Location: The lecture and reception will take place at the Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003.

Cost/Reservations: $10 MHM & ICAA Members; $20 General Public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To register for this event, visit the Merchant’s House Museum website here.

15th Annual McKim Lecture with Philippe de Montebello

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

This event is generously sponsored by John B. Murray Architect, LLC

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) partners annually with The University Club and the One West 54th Street Foundation to present the Annual McKim Lecture, this year featuring Philippe de Montebello on Wednesday, March 16.

Mr. de Montebello was born in Paris and after the baccalauréat he attended Harvard College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. With the exception of four years as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, he has spent his entire career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, first as curator in the Department of European Paintings and later as the Museum’s Chief Curator and then, from 1977 until 2008, as its Director.

In 2008, Philippe de Montebello retired after 31 years as the longest-serving director in the Metropolitan Museum’s 140-year-long history. Following his retirement, Mr. de Montebello became the first scholar in residence at the Prado Museum in Madrid and launched a new academic career as the first Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (2008), Honorary Trustee of the Prado Museum in Madrid (2012), and the French Académie des Beaux Arts (2012). Mr. de Montebello is also a co-host of the Emmy Award winning WNET/PBS weekly series NYC-ARTS with Paula Zahn.

Mr. de Montebello is an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and among others, he has an honorary degree from Harvard University. In 1996, Philippe de Montebello was declared a Living Landmark by New York City’s Landmarks Commission. He is one of only four people to have received both the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by President G.W. Bush in 2003, and the National Medal of Humanities, awarded by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Location: College Hall at the University Club, One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Note: The University Club requires jacket and ties for gentlemen, equivalent for ladies.

Registration details will be posted in December 2015.

Paris Drawing Tour

April 24–30, 2016

Examining French Classical Architecture through Sketching & Watercolor
Prominent architect Kahlil Hamady and designer Leslie-jon Vickory will lead the tour, alongside renowned watercolorists, Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega.

The five-day drawing and painting program in Paris is based on the ICAA’s successful, annual Rome program. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge of American architects, designers and students in French Classical Architecture, Interiors and Landscape and in the artisan and building traditions still in practice today through centuries-old guilds for the crafts of building. We are pleased to announce that prominent architects Kahlil Hamady and Leslie-jon Vickory will lead the tour alongside acclaimed architectural watercolorists, Andrew Zega and Bernd Dams, who will lead drawing and watercolour demonstrations that will enable participants to hone their observational skills of some of the City’s prominent architectural heritage.

Course Description
The course is centered on exploring the Neo-Classical Architecture of Paris. In contrast to Rome, Paris’ Classical traditions are relatively recent and modern, and a significant historical source of inspiration for American architects and designers, dating back to Thomas Jefferson’s political residency in France. The city is experienced through a northern filtered light, which highlights its architectural fabric, best recorded through the subtle means of watercolors and grisailles.

Participants will attend lectures on the history of the City and its architecture, its influence on American Classical architecture, to be followed by classes and demonstrations on watercolors, tours of prominent Neo-Classical buildings, visual studies of some of the City’s prominent architectural heritage via sketchbook, and visits to institutions, which have preserved records of Classical works and the crafts of building.

Tuition for the Paris Drawing Tour is $2,500 ($2,400 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Paris and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost.

Scholarships are available. Students currently enrolled in higher education programs are encouraged to apply. Those applying for scholarships should use the application form below. Application deadline for scholarships is February 26th.

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

For full draft program, please click here. For an application form, please click here.

Rome Drawing Tour

June 04-11, 2016

Examining the classical tradition in Rome through drawing and watercolor

Ben Bolgar, Senior Director at the Prince’s Foundation – London, and Selena Anders, Notre Dame Professor, plus others, will lead the tour.

The ICAA Rome drawing tour provides participants practical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifested in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Rome. The means for studying Rome’s wealth of architectural and urban precedent is through observational drawing and watercolor.

Course Description

Drawing is a tool for understanding the world around you. It provides one with a way of thinking about the things they see. During the course of this drawing tour participants will undertake the challenge of developing their skills in representing complex three-dimensional forms. Participants will examine the works of artists and architects while seeing what they saw in-situ throughout the city of Rome. Participants will use their works as benchmarks to emulate and surpass. In this manner participants will actively engage the tradition as a means for not only to developing individual drawing techniques for documenting the world around us but also to provide participants with tools for seeing. The class will make use of a variety of media and techniques in the undertaking of drawings that will entail a variety of scales from the human figure, building detail, building, piazza and city. The course will explore a number of techniques and subject matter. The subjects will include the figure, architecture including architectural details, plan section and elevation, and landscape. Particular attention will be placed on perspective, especially two point views, lighting, shades and shadow.

Tuition for the Rome Drawing Tour is $2,650 ($2,550 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Rome and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost.

Scholarships are available. Students currently enrolled in higher education programs are encouraged to apply. Those applying for scholarships should use the application form below. Application deadline for scholarships is 26th February.

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

For an application form for the Rome Drawing tour, please click here.