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Lectures, Tours, Events

14th Annual McKim Lecture with Francis MorroneRegister Now!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015; 6:15 PM Reception; 6:45 PM Lecture; Optional Dinner Follows

This event is generously sponsored by Hyde Park Mouldings.

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 Francis Morrone on Wednesday, March 4. The topic of the lecture will be “The City Beautiful and the Urban Landscape in America.” The talk will explore the movement to beautify America’s cities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the impact and legacy of that movement, its relevance today, and the many misconceptions about it (including that of Jane Jacobs). All of this will be discussed with specific reference to the contributions of McKim, Mead & White.

Mr. Morrone is an architectural historian and writer, known best for his work on the built history of New York City. His ten books include The Architectural Guidebook to New York City, An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, and The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Mr. Morrone’s essays on architecture have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, among others, and he was a columnist for the New York Sun for six and a half years. He teaches at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Morrone has been named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world, and in 2012 he received the Arthur Ross Award from the ICAA.

Location: College Hall at the University Club, One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. RSVP required. Reserve online or call (212) 730-9646, ext. 104 to register.

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

Cost/Learning Unit: $75.00 per person for Cocktail Reception and Lecture; $150.00 per person for Cocktail Reception, Lecture, and Dinner. 1 AIA/CES CEH is available.

The Annual McKim Lecture is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) and the One West 54th Street Foundation. The One West 54th Street Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to preserve the architectural integrity and design of the University Club, a New York Historic Landmark building. The Foundation also provides scholarship to students, including those at the ICAA enrolled in its full array of programmatic offerings.

A Little Gothic Castle: Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Monday, March 23, 2015; 6:00 pm Lecture; Reception to Follow

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter*

The ICAA is pleased to present A Little Gothic Castle: Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill in partnership with The Royal Oak. Strawberry Hill, the fantasy gothic revival castle in Twickenham, was created during the mid-18th century for the politician, historian, and author Horace Walpole. But Strawberry Hill was more than an assemblage of bricks, plaster, and papier mâché:  it was the place to house Walpole’s eclectic collection. Portraits by renowned artists, furniture, and porcelain were displayed alongside eccentricities such as a limewood ‘lace’ cravat carved by Grinling Gibbons, embroidered gloves belonging to James II, and Dr. Dee’s mirror. Michael Snodin will describe Walpole’s collection—nearly all dispersed in an 1842 auction—and discuss the treasure hunt which is now underway to return as much as possible to the house. He will also illustrate the house’s incredible interiors and reveal how medieval architecture was the inspiration for the style of this summer villa: the stone fan vaulting of Henry VII’s chapel in Westminster Abbey influenced an ethereal confection of gilded plaster and papier mâché for Walpole’s Gallery. “My house is of paper like my writings,” wrote Walpole, “and both will blow away ten years after I am dead.” However, the house has miraculously survived and is now restored to its original appearance from 1790.

Michael Snodin is a design and architectural historian and Chairman and Hon. Curator of the Strawberry Hill Trust and the Strawberry Hill Collection Trust. In his career at the Victoria and Albert Museum he was Head of the Designs Collection, a Senior Curator and a Senior Research Fellow. He curated galleries as well as several major exhibitions including _Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill_, which opened in 2009 at The Yale Center for British Art. In addition to exhibition catalogues, his publications include many specialist articles. He is curator of Strawberry Hill Restored, which will open in 2017.

Location: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY. Registration is required.

Cost/Reservations: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA, $40 for non-members. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 15SICAANY.

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Collaboration: Gardens are a Rich Tapestry of Collective Creativity

Wednesday, April 8, 2015; 6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Lecture

Designing a garden is a wonderful opportunity to bring together creative minds to realize a vision, in a way that surpasses all of our expectations. Working together with architects and artisans, all sorts of craftspeople from blacksmiths to stone masons, and of course gardeners and plant nurseries, enables Arne Maynard to create gardens, with his clients, that are unique, and rich in detail, that have longevity and distinctiveness. In his talk, Arne will discuss his passion for seeking out quality and individuality, and for creating unique gardens that suit owners and houses perfectly. Illustrated with sumptuous photographs of many of his gardens Arne will explain what he means by a ‘Full Strength Garden’.

Arne specializes in large country gardens, both in the UK and overseas, creating modern and contemporary gardens using traditional ideas and inspiration. His gardens have appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, T Magazine, House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated, The New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2001, Conran Octopus published his first book, Gardens with Atmosphere, and since then he has published Garden Design Details. His third book, The Gardens of Arne Maynard, will be published by Merrell in Autumn 2015. He has written regular garden design columns in Gardens Illustrated magazine. Most importantly, Arne is a passionate and experimental gardener. At his home in Monmouthshire, South Wales, he is in the process of designing and landscaping the garden around his beautiful medieval home “Allt-y-bela”.

“Arne Maynard is one of the most talented garden designers working in Britain today. Whether in the city or in the depths of the country, his gardens are a magical combination of architecture and romance, the classic and the contemporary, and relate to their surroundings in subtle ways.”
— Tricia Guild.

Location: The Century Club, 7 West 43rd Street, New York, NY.

Registration details to be announced.

Our thanks to the ICAA New York Chapter*, Jayne Design Studio, and Jonathan Hogg for making this program possible.
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Classical Artists' Studio TourRegister Now!

Saturday, April 18, 2015; 1:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter*

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.

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Tales of Loss & Redemption: The Country House in the National Trust

Tuesday, April 28, 2015; 6:00 PM; Reception to Follow

From the 1880s through the 1930s, Britain experienced a revolution in land ownership only paralleled in its history by the Norman Conquest and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Britain’s landed elites found themselves under attack by the forces of modernity on all fronts, and their bastions, the country house, fell to the auction block and the wrecker’s ball in increasing numbers throughout the first half of the 20th century. Into this breach in the fabric of British landed society stepped a reluctant new force of social order, the National Trust.

The Royal Oak Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr. Sean E. Sawyer will discuss the National Trust’s role in rescuing some of Britain’s greatest country houses and their internationally significant collections of decorative and fine arts.From a reluctant recipient of a handful of houses in the 1920s, the Trust evolved, through its Country Houses Scheme, to lead the way in preserving houses and collections through the bleakest years of the post-World War II era. The last decades of the 20th century saw a revival of fortunes for the country house and the Trust’s adaptation as its role as a leading operator of visitor attractions. This is a story full of deaths, both mortal and material, and of daring rescues and bureaucratic blindness. This illustrated lecture will explore some of the Trust’s most important properties, including Blickling and Hardwick Hall, and of the families and great characters who haunt them still.

Sean Sawyer became the Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation in October 2010. He received his B.A. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, specializing in British architectural history. Dr. Sawyer has taught at Columbia, Fordham and Harvard universities as well as The Parsons/New School Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design at the Cooper-Hewitt. He has published a variety of articles on Sir John Soane and late-Georgian architecture and urbanism as well as Dutch-American history and architecture. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn, NY. In 2002 he attended the Attingham Summer School as a Royal Oak Fellow.

Location: The Explorers Club, 46 E 70 St (bet Park & Madison), New York, NY. Registration is required.
Cost/Reservation: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA, $40 for non-members. R*eservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation.* Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 15SICAANY.

2015 Arthur Ross AwardsRegister Now!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Save the date for the 34th Annual Arthur Ross Awards.

The University Club
One West 54th Street, New York City
Cocktails at 7:00 PM, Ceremony and Dinner at 8:00 PM

Additional details to be announced.

Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style

Thursday, May 7, 2015; 6:00 pm Lecture; Reception to Follow

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter*

The ICAA is pleased to present Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style in partnership with The Royal Oak. The year 2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of the first English translations of Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture] and Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus. Since the early 17th century, Palladio’s work, as adapted by Inigo Jones for English taste and needs, has influenced architects and clients. British Palladianism, as developed by Jones, Campbell, Lord Burlington, and William Kent also proved hugely influential in northern Europe and in the British Colonies including India and North America. Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the Royal Institute of British Architecture will examine the development of Palladianism in Britain using drawings, photographs, and models from the RIBA’s collections, as well as contemporary architects’ practices. He will demonstrate how the contributions of this 16th-century Venetian man influenced centuries of style, and how Palladianism became one of the most important styles ever designed by a single architect, and is still used in public and private buildings.

Charles Hind studied architectural history under Sir Howard Colvin at Oxford University. As Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the Royal Institute of British Architects, his areas of specialty are Andrea Palladio and British architecture from 17th to early 20th centuries. He co-curated a major European exhibition on Palladio in 2008-2009, and served as joint curator and co-author of the catalogue for the 2010 exhibition Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. Mr. Hind has written numerous journal and magazine articles and lectured on architecture and British country houses. He also leads art and architecture tours in Virginia, St. Petersburg, and Venice. Mr. Hind has curated a number of exhibitions held in the RIBA Heinz Gallery and in the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Location: Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61 Street (bet First & York), New York, NY. Registration is required.

Cost/Reservations: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA, $40 for non-members. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 15SICAANY.

*Chapter In-Formation