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

This course explores 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 50s from First Avenue to Rockefeller Center. Then we walk the residential skyline along Central Park West. Finally, we end our Manhattan odyssey in Washington Heights. This course is taught by Anthony W. Robins, author of the award-winning New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz-Age Architecture.

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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
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