Circle Tours

Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island

November 8, 2011

Professional Circle members had an exclusive hard hat tour of Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Scheduled to open to the public in the fall 2012, Four Freedoms Park, a memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was designed by Louis I. Kahn (1901 – 1974) one of the masters of 20th century architecture. Kahn died unexpectedly shortly after the design was completed and the project languished for decades. It will be the only work of Kahn’s in New York City.

Adjacent to the Park is Renwick Ruin, named for its architect James Renwick, Jr., (1818-1895) who also designed Grace Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Landmarks Conservancy has fought for many years to preserve this New York City landmark, one of the Island’s six landmarked buildings. The others being: Blackwell House, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, The Lighthouse, The Octagon and the Strecker Laboratory.

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Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members. For more information, contact Jenna Smith at 212.995.5260 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)