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Art Deco Metropolis: The Whiz Bang Buildings of Modern New York

  • 15 Aug 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Roosevelt University, Wabash Room-1017, 425 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605


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Chicago Art Deco Society presents:


THE Whiz-Bang Buildings of Modern New York 

A Presentation by Anthony W. Robins 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:00 PM 

Roosevelt University, Wabash Room - 1017 425 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 

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. 

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. 

Robins has for decades been a popular leader of walking tours all over New York City, leading hundreds of tours for thousands of participants. 

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