Join a local architect, urban planner, or historian for this in depth, 3-hour tour of the iconic buildings of New York’s famous 42nd Street thoroughfare.
On this small group exploration of Midtown Manhattan, we will delve into the evolution of the city’s architecture, from the late 19th century through today. Starting in Tudor City at 2nd Avenue, we’ll proceed down 42nd Street to Times Square in the company of an architecture expert and long term New York resident. We will discuss the varied roles the street has played in the last two centuries, from a gated community and commuter hub, to the red light and theater districts. We will learn the visual language of such architectural movements as Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and the International Style as we study the exteriors and interiors of iconic structures like the Chrysler Building, the Daily News Building, the Ford Foundation, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library.
Along the way, we will discuss the city’s rapid expansion northward during the first half of the 20th century, the key role Midtown played in this, and how Manhattan’s built environment continues to evolve today. Since our group is small, there is plenty of time for questions and dialogue throughout the tour.