Lectures and Other Events

Lectures at General Society Library in Midtown

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212.840.1840
www.generalsociety.org

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the City. Today, this 231-year old organization continues to serve and improve the quality of life of the people of the City of New York through its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs including its tuition-free Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library and its nearly two-century old Lecture Series.

ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES
On behalf of the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York, The New York Landmarks Conservancy invites you to:

NOVEMBER 28 6:30pm-8:30pm

Gracie Mansion: 75 Years as the People’s House – The Anatomy of a New York Landmark
Featuring: Paul Gunther, Executive Director, Gracie Mansion Conservancy

In his lecture, Paul Gunther, Gracie Mansion Conservancy’s Executive Director since 2015, will explore the Mansion’s evolution architecturally, culturally, and politically in its first 218 years, and mark the Mansion’s 75th Anniversary as the official residence of New York City’s Mayor. In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a sleepy, scenic bend in the East River. More than two centuries later, Gracie Mansion survives as a living landmark in one of New York’s oldest surviving wood structures. It commands one of the greatest and most historically strategic vistas in the entire region.

After decades of shifting ownership and use, Robert Moses convinced City authorities to designate the house as the official residence of the Mayor. In 1942, Fiorello La Guardia moved in and labeled it “The Little White House”, a function it has maintained ever since, except for the last nonresident mayor, who renewed its dual identity as “The People’s House” open to all and imparting lessons in history and civic engagement. To mark this anniversary a special installation in the Mansion called New York 1942 recalls the tumultuous time of the residence’s advent.

Paul Gunther is a 1978 graduate of Yale College. His career spanning five decades has centered on nonprofit cultural and civic institutions in New York and Paris, France. Before his present assignment, he served for a decade as president of the nationwide Institute of Classical Architecture & Art headquartered at the General Society since 2003. This year marked publication by Rizzoli of his book “New York Living: Reinventing Home.”

Advance registration is recommended.

Admission is specially discounted for New York Landmarks Conservancy members at $10. (Choose the “Member” ticket option)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

For more information contact the General Society at 212 840 1840

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NOVEMBER 15 6:30pm-8:30pm CANCELLED
11/15/17- CANCELLED*
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the spring. If you purchased tickets, your refund will be processed by The General Society. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Featuring: David F. Gibson, Principal, DF Gibson Architects
“The Restoration of a Bronx Landmark”

Join David F. Gibson, AIA, Principal of DF Gibson Architects, as he illustrates the story behind the restoration of one of New York City’s most significant landmark buildings, the South Bronx Job Corp Center, which features an extraordinary display of artisan mastery in the Elizabethan Jacobean Revival style. The 1908 building was designed by Charles Brigham and was also used as the Salvation Army’s School for Officers’ Training until 1975.

The building’s architecture is replete with towers and turrets, numerous dormers including elaborately curved Flemish gables, and many deep-set transomed windows. The massive, yet symmetrical brick and stone home is characterized by a steeply pitched slate roof with numerous gables and chimneys, an imposing central tower, and a projecting pavilion. Limestone ornaments and keyed stonework located at each window and corner provide breathtaking contrast and, in midst of a residential neighborhood, is an impressive focal point of the Bronx community.

All of these complex ornamental elements will be presented and discussed with photos and drawings that document the state-of-the-art restoration of a NYC rare architectural treasure.

David Gibson is the founder and president of DF Gibson Architects and is an award-winning architect with over 45-years experience in architectural design, master planning, historic preservation, and sustainable design services. His historic preservation work includes many notable projects including: Historic Structures Survey and Master Plan for the Delaware & Raritan Canal; Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island; Thomas Edison State College in Trenton; Lambert Castle in Paterson; and Eberhardt Hall in Newark. For more information please visit www.dfgibson.com.

Advance registration is recommended.

Admission is specially discounted for New York Landmarks Conservancy members at $10. (Choose the “Member” ticket option)

For more information contact the General Society at 212 840 1840

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Advance registration is recommended.
Admission is specially discounted for New York Landmarks Conservancy members at $10

For more information contact the General Society at 212 840 1840