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Lectures, Tours, Events

Discover Classical New York: Harkness House Tour


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 Harknesses’ 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.

Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15 am for the 10:30 tour and at 1:15 pm for the 1:30 tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

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Location: Harkness House is located at 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Cost/Reservations: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms. $30 for the general public. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve call (212) 730-9646, ext. 115 or register online.

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 details to be announced.

*Chapter In-Formation

Lecture with Arne Maynard

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Details to be announced.

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.

*Chapter In-Formation

2015 Arthur Ross Awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

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

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.

Registration and location details to be announced.

*Chapter In-Formation