Explore Gotham’s “Ancient Architecture” and “Terra Cotta Revolution”

Potter Building in NYC, Terra Cotta facade

If you enjoyed the conversations at Waterside on Architecture (e.g. 1960s and Art Deco), the National Arts Club and The New York Adventure Club has events that might interest you:

1)”The Ancient Architecture of Gotham

Online, on Tuesday, November 17th at 1pm, Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Assistant Professor and Acting Executive Officer of the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) and director of the MALS track Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds at CUNY, explores the different ways in which New Yorkers have re-conceived antiquity’s buildings and monuments:

“Since its founding, the city of New York has been intentionally interpreted through the architecture of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis explores the different ways in which New Yorkers re-conceived antiquity’s buildings and monuments beginning in the 18th century. Among the treasures considered are Grand Central Terminal, the triumphal Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, as well as Sailors’ Snug Harbor and Gould Memorial Library.”

(Info/Registration here)

Ancient-Egyptian looking "Tomb"

2) “New York Skyscrapers and the Terra Cotta Revolution

On Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm, this Webinar looks at how terra cotta, became a sought-after fireproof skin for some of New York’s earliest skyscrapers and came to define its skyline.

The event includes a Q&A after the talk, and includes such topics as: “the city’s most iconic terra cotta facades, such as the Flatiron Building, Woolworth Building, and Plaza Hotel” and how the material “moved from monochrome to multi-colored, and helped shift the city from Beaux-Arts beauty to Art Deco splendor”.

(Info/Registration here)

Learn more about NYC’s Terra Cotta buildings at 6sqft.