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 ALL REMAINING LANDMARK LECTURES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO THE FALL 2020.

2020 LANDMARK LECTURE SERIES

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:

  • POSTPONED – 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.

  • POSTPONED.  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.

  • POSTPONED 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.

The Lectures start at 6:30 pm in The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City.  Reception to follow.  Advance registration is required.  $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.   

LANDMARK LECTURES 2019

The Landmarks 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. The Landmark lectures are presented in partnership with The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

  • Tuesday, March 19th at 6.30 p.m. –  Janet W. Foster, Architectural Historian and Historic Preservation Consultant,Pattern Books and 19thCentury American Building

During her lecture,  Architectural Historian & Preservation Consultant, Janet W. Fosterwill discuss how published books of designs, or pattern books, had a significant role in changing the appearance of buildings, and the techniques of their construction, in 19thcentury America.  The role of pattern books in shaping the developing suburban landscape, their impact on a changing construction labor market, and the rise of several New York City publishing houses that promoted these books of architectural design all combine to tell both a very New York story and a broader look at national trends in building. Advance Registration is required, to reserve your place, please click here.

  •  Tuesday April 16th at 6:30 p.m.– Michael Devonshire, Director of Conservation, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Through the Glass: The Evolution of the Window in Historic Buildings

 Michael Devonshire, Principal and Director of Conservation, JHPA, Inc. at  is an architectural conservator with forty year’s experience in the field of historic preservation. For his presentation he will describe a history of windows, the perception of windows in art, and examine how windows have functioned in history.  Mr. Devonshire will review the stylistic and technological changes to the window as an architectural element, as it evolved from hand-made components to machine-made. He will detail how windows are essential and character-defining components of historic buildings.  Advance Registration is required, please click here to reserve your place.

  • Tuesday, May 21stat 6:30 p.m. Jean-Francois D. Furieri, Founder of Iconoplast,The Restoration, Preservation, and Conservation of Architectural Ornamental Plaster

 Jean-Francois D. Furieri, a third generation master plasterer, founded Iconoplast  one of the few companies still specializing in restoration, preservation and conservation of  architectural ornamental plaster. The company’s studious techniques and generations-old skills are integrated with modern technologies to create a hands-on approach to this traditional craft. During his talk, Mr. Furieri will outline the history of plaster, new technologies in plaster, and describe a theatre restoration on 42nd street, recently completed by Iconoplast. Advance Registration is required, please click here to reserve your place.

  • Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m.  – Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal,  Thornton Tomasetti, The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction

Christopher Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, has considerable experience in structural analysis and design with a specialization in investigative projects and the restoration of historic structures. His notable projects include the recently completed rehabilitation of the cast iron dome of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. At his lecture, he will discuss cast iron detailing and construction with an emphasis on methods of repair, including a discussion of repair detailing at the Capitol Dome and at the Harlem Fire Watchtower.   Advance Registration is required, please click here to reserve your place.

The Lectures start at 6:30 pm in The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City.  Reception to follow.  Advance registration is required. $15 General admission; $10 General Society members, NY Landmarks Conservancy Members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students. To register please email: karin.taylor@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.