2020 LANDMARK LECTURE SERIES

After carefully considering the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) The General Society public lecture programs are currently on “hold” until we are instructed otherwise by the State and/or City of New York.

Please note that the remaining Landmark Lectures will now be rescheduled in the Fall.

The Landmark  lectures focus on the origin, development, and restoration of New York City’s built environment, and celebrate the art and architecture of the City. Lisa Easton, a partner in the New York City based architecture and historic preservation firm, Easton Architects, curates the series.  They are presented in partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The 2020 Landmarks lectures are:

  • Tuesday, February 18th at 6.30 p.m. –  Anthony W. Robins, Historian and Author of Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

 In this illustrated lecture, based on his book, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, author Anthony W. Robins, will describe the remarkable history of Grand Central,  its stunning architecture and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.  Mr. Robins will also elaborate on how the Terminal’s creation combined engineering bravado, technological wizardry and real-estate savvy with innovative planning and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design. Please note that registration is now full for this event.

  • Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m.  Patrick W. Ciccone, Preservationist & Co-Author of Bricks & Brownstone: The New York Row House 

Patrick W. Ciccone, a New York City-based preservationist who has led major historic rehabilitation projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania will discuss the book he co-authored, Bricks & Brownstone: The New York Row House. This newly revised edition is considered to be gold standard reference on brownstone architecture and interiors, and one of the few truly classic histories of New York’s urbanism.  Please note this lecture will now be rescheduled in the Fall.

  • Thursday June 11th at 6:30 p.m. – Rachel Miller and Timothy Miller, Co-Owners of Spirit Ironworks, Henry St Settlement – Story of a Loving Restoration

 Rachel Miller and Timothy Miller will discuss the ironwork restoration of one of New York City’s most beloved, and historically significant social services agencies, Henry Street Settlement. This talk will explore the processes involved in restoring historic ironwork on three Federal style buildings. The project was a rare opportunity to explore how pre-Civil War ironwork was constructed. They will also describe how the restoration process incorporated many traditional metalworking techniques such as; forging genuine wrought iron, tool and die making and replicating cast iron elements. They will also touch upon some of the partners that made the project possible including: Li/Saltzman Architects, Henry St. Settlement, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Please note this lecture will now be rescheduled in the Fall.

  • Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Gregory Dietrich, Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting, Finding Their Architectural Roots: Cracking the Mystery of One of Brooklyn’s Most Prolific and Distinguished Architectural Firms

 Gregory Dietrich, architectural historian,  will describe the work of the Parfitt Brothers, three English brothers who designed some of Brooklyn’s most distinctive buildings from Bensonhurst to Brooklyn Heights.   Seeking to unlock the mystery of their past, Mr. Dietrich will talk about his quest to uncover the brothers’ origins, from their humble beginnings in England, to their early years in Brooklyn and the subsequent opening of the practice that led to their renown. The company evolved into one of the borough’s leading architecture firms of its day during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, designing a range of buildings in a wide variety of styles. Please note this lecture will now be rescheduled in the Fall.

20 West 44th Street, New York City.  Reception to follow.  Advance registration.  $15 General admission; $10 General Society members, NY Landmarks Conservancy Members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students.  To register please email: genesis.jerez@generalsociety.org.

1.0 AIA LU credit is available for qualifying participants

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.  We would also like to acknowledge the support of New York Landmarks Conservancy.