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New York in the Jazz Age, Part II: Art Deco Architecture from Wall Street to Washington Heights

This follow-up course to New York in the Jazz Age continues our exploration of the brash new style of art deco, which transformed New York into a modern metropolis. Through a series of walking tours, follow the style’s impact on the architecture of Manhattan, from its southern tip to its northern extreme. We begin with a walk downtown through the Financial District. Next, we look at two Midtown skyscraper clusters, on 42nd Street from east to west and in the Fabulous 50s, which includes Rockefeller Center. Then, we walk the residential skyline along Central Park West, and we explore art deco on the Upper East Side. Finally, we finish our Manhattan odyssey with Washington Heights at the top of the island. This course is taught by Anthony W. Robins, author of New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz-Age Architecture (SUNY Press), to be released June 1. The course coincides with the new exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt, The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to identify the art deco style in buildings throughout Manhattan
  • An understanding of the development of a variety of Manhattan neighborhoods and familiarity with how art deco transformed New York into a modern metropolis

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.