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Illustrated Talk- Aegean Breezes: Greek Revival Architecture in America and New York, 1800-1840

Apr 29 | Wed |


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Join us for a wide-ranging look at what we call the “Greek Revival” in American architecture, a phenomenon much more complex than the simplistic name suggests. We will look at the origins of “Neoclassicism” in 17th and 18th century European architecture and archaeology, and its migration across the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries, at the works of such architects in America as Latrobe, Mills, Strickland, Town, Davis, and Walter, and at Greek Revival New York, including the adaptation of the Greek temple to the humble row house.

In New York, we will discuss Sailors’ Snug Harbor, La Grange Terrace, the Custom House of 1833-42, 1-13 Washington Square North, and several other works, not least 29 East 4th St., the Merchant’s House Museum, an unrivaled resource for the study of Neoclassicism in urban domestic architecture in America. The lavishly illustrated lecture will help to place the Merchant’s House in its proper context in architectural history.

After the talk, join Francis Morrone for a reception in the Museum’s 19th century garden.

A collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. To Benefit the Legal Fund Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and the author of twelve books, including “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building” (W.W. Norton, 2011), as well as architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and to Brooklyn. His “History of the East Village and Its Architecture” was published in 2019 by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation through a grant from the Preservation League of New York State. He is the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council, and New York University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel and Leisure Magazine named him one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world.

Venue: Merchant's House Museum

29 E 4th St Map
212-777-1089