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Francis Morrone

Francis Morrone

Adjunct Instructor

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and the author of eleven books including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (W.W. Norton, 2013); The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (with Henry Hope Reed, W.W. Norton, 2011); and  architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. As a historic preservation consultant he has written countless building histories and neighborhood surveys in New York and beyond. He worked as an art and architecture critic for the New York Sun. Collectively, his work represents one of the most comprehensive bodies of research on the built history of New York City. He has taught at NYUSPS for nineteen years, and is the recipient of the SPS Excellence in Teaching Award.

Currently Teaching

World Cities: Paris, London, and New York in the 19th Century

Explore the emergence of Paris, London, and New York into modernity in the 19th century.

Religion and Architecture in New York City

Explore how religion has impacted the history of New York City and the role of religion in the City today.

A History of New York City

Gain an understanding of the history of New York City, including politics, finance, architecture, and arts, from its Native American roots to today.

The City and the Book: A History of New York Book Culture

Trace the history of book publishing in New York City from 1800 to today.

Understanding Traditional Architecture

Learn to identify architectural styles, to put a rough date on any building you see in New York, and to name the parts and details of buildings.