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Art Deco New York: Architects in Their Own Words

Learn about and discuss modernist architecture in New York City from the 1920s to the 1930s. This online course will start with the evolution of art deco from a style exclusively for skyscrapers to one used for all types of buildings. Our overview will include the city’s great art deco monuments, such as the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, as well as examples in every borough, including apartment buildings, hotels, air terminals, department stores, and subway stations. The course will then focus on the work of three architects—Louis Allen Abramson, Israel Crausman, and Marvin Fine of Horace Ginsbern & Associates—who were responsible for designing the first art deco-style apartment houses in the Bronx, the notable Horn & Hardart automats, and other masterpieces. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at these architects’ work by listening to excerpts from taped interviews conducted by the instructor 40 years ago. Together, we will see how these three architects had very different ideas about what they were designing, and how each contributed to the creation of art deco New York in his own way.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with notable examples of art deco architecture in all five NYC boroughs
  • The ability to identify and define art deco architecture
  • Knowledge about three important architects of the art deco era

Ideal for

  • Architecture enthusiasts and history buffs
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.