To our Members and Guests,
Our lecturer to this event, Mr. Anthony W. Robins, has informed us he is unable to travel due to an unforeseen personal circumstance. In light of this news, we unfortunately will have to cancel the lecture and brunch scheduled for this Sunday, July 3rd.
Guests and members who have registered and prepaid will have their payments refunded ASAP.
Again our apologies and we hope to reschedule this lecture in the near future. In the interim, we wish Mr. Robins our thoughts at this time.
-The Chicago Art Deco Society
ART DECO METROPOLIS: The Whiz-Bang Buildings of Modern New York (with Sunday Brunch included)
Where: The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N Sheridan Road, Chicago 60640
When: Sunday July 3 2016, 11am to 2:30pm. (11:00am Brunch, Lecture at 1pm.)
Price: $20 CADS Members, $25 Non-members & Guests (Brunch and Parking included)
The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center – these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that during the 1920s and ‘30s helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. Coined in the 1960s to describe a style of French decorative arts, “Art Deco” now refers to almost anything from saltcellars to skyscrapers, produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of this century, using abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest in them during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity.
The lecture covers the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey and RCA Buildings. It then traces the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” through apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, hotels, department stores, banks, and theaters like Radio City Music Hall.
Anthony W, Robins – writer, historian, lecturer and guide – spent 20 years on the staff of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, serving as Deputy Director of Research and then Director of Survey, directing the staff that identified new landmarks and historic districts. During those years, he wrote the commission’s research reports on such Art Deco landmarks as the Daily News and McGraw Hill buildings, the Empire State Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and the Park Plaza – first Deco apartment house in the Bronx. His work in historic preservation won him a “Rome Prize” from the American Academy in Rome in 1997.