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
Featuring Vincent Liot and Yves Theunis, TRM Enterprises

Slate, Tile, and Stone Roofing Master Artisans

Thursday, June 29, 2017
The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues)
Lecture starts at 6:30 PM
Reception to follow

TRM Enterprises is comprised of skilled artisans specializing in roof restorations, using both traditional methods and the latest technology. The extensive artisan training of every employee enables the company to deliver meticulous roof conservation assignments on landmark buildings. TRM Founder, Vincent Liot and his colleague Yves Theunis will discuss a few of the traditional roofing materials they use including: tile, slate, stone and architectural sheet metal.

Recently, TRM restored the roof of Stanford White’s Henry Cook House, a magnificent 1907 Gilded Age mansion in Manhattan. They also restored the statue and roof of the 1897 Victorian Gothic building, St. Augustine Church, Brooklyn. Additional projects include work for contemporary houses and mansions in Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Greenwich that utilized multi-colored slate, as well as tile and stone for roofs and turrets.

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

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PAST EVENTS FROM THIS SERIES

Landmark Lecture
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derek Trelstad, Associate, Silman Structural Engineers
“More Than Dull, Dusty, and Old: Get to Know the Hidden Landmarks in your Floor”

Landmarks are more than grand spaces and historic finishes. While infrequently seen – except mid-renovation – seemingly mundane archaic structural systems, including the once commonly specified floor assemblies that incorporated terra cotta and cinder concrete, are an important part of the history of technology. But what sometimes gets lost in that story is the narrative that tells of the determination and inventiveness of the people who developed the systems and the continuing value of the approach they took to demonstrating the merit of what they produced.

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
6:30PM, followed by reception
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Conservancy members pay a reduced admission of $10 at the door.

These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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Landmark Lecture: New York Birth Place of American Stained Glass
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
“New York: Birth Place of American Stained Glass”
presented by: Julie L. Sloan, Consultants in Stained Glass

Stained glass expert, Julie L. Sloan, will describe the history and development of stained glass in New York City. Until the turn of the 19th century, New York was the center of production and innovation for this medieval craft. Here, both a traditional and a secular demand expanded the market and enticed the participation of artists. Examples of stained glass from every era still survive in New York, telling this exciting story, with work by the Dutch glazier Evert Duykinck and the Gothic Revival designs of Richard Upjohn and William Jay Bolton, to the iridescent glories of Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Although the center of the business left the city in the 20th century, superb examples of modern stained glass are also found here, such as the ethereal azures of Marc Chagall’s windows for the United Nations.

Julie L. Sloan is a stained-glass consultant, specializing in conservation studies, conservation management, and history. Her conservation projects include: Saint Thomas Episcopal Church New York; H. H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston; Harvard University’s Memorial Hall; Trinity Church, Wall Street; The Riverside Church in New York; and Princeton University’s Chapel. Ms. Sloan has given seminars and lectures on stained glass around the country; and has a BA in Art History from NYU and a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She is also the author of many books and articles on stained glass history and conservation and is currently working on a comprehensive history of American stained glass.
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Landmark Lecture
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Robert C. Bates, Principal 
Walter B. Melvin Architects
Cast Iron Restoration at Soho Landmark – Donald Judd’s Home and Studio-A Case Study

Robert Bates will discuss the removal of the architectural cast iron from the facade of 101 Spring Street revealed the complexities of the structural systems hidden beneath. Over 1300 pieces of decorative cast iron were removed, catalogued, refurbished and reinstalled. A restored cornice and new wood windows, along with a full interior renovation, completed the comprehensive restoration of this SoHo Landmark.

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Landmark Lecture
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mary Kay Judy, Architectural and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Historic Gilded Age Mansion Interior Restoration

In her lecture, Mary Kay Judy will document the recent history of the restoration of a New York City historic gilded age mansion interior of a private house. Ms. Judy is an architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant with nearly twenty years of national and international practice in the field. Her career has focused on both the documentation of architectural history and technical conservation treatments for long-term, sustainable preservation. In her lecture, Mary Kay Judy will document the recent history of the restoration of a New York City historic gilded age mansion interior of a private house. Ms. Judy is an architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant with nearly twenty years of national and international practice in the field. Her career has focused on both the documentation of architectural history and technical conservation treatments for long-term, sustainable preservation.

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ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES
Featuring Jean Wiart, Les Metalliers Champenois, Master Artisan of Fine Ornamental Metalwork

The Life of an Artisan:
TRADITION, TRANSMISSION and TRADE
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Reflecting on his own career, acclaimed Master Artisan of Fine Ornamental Metalwork, Jean Wiart, of Les Metalliers Champenois, discussed his award-winning work and his creative process.

He also outlined the three stages of an artisan’s life: firstly, the tradition and skills of the craft that the new apprentice artisan learns from an experienced artisan; secondly, the commitment of the artisan to developing the trade; and finally, the transmission and sharing of unique knowledge, which is passed from one generation of artisans to the next.

One of Mr. Wiart’s most recent prestigious commissions was the creation of the “Torch of Peace” currently used in ceremonies commemorating WWI in northern France. A short film on this project which succinctly illustrates these three stages of an artisan’s life, will conclude this lecture.

Some of the historic restoration projects where Mr. Wiart’s exquisite craftsmanship can be seen in New York City include: the Statue of Liberty’s torch and flame; General Sherman Statue, Central Park; Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church spire; the City Hall’s Statue of Justice, the bronze entrance doors of New York Public Library; and the University Club balconies.

From 1975 to 1978, Mr. Wiart served as an apprentice in his family’s metalshop in France. Then, he worked at Les Metalliers Champenois in France. There, his major historic restoration projects included the balcony rails at Versailles. In 1986, Mr. Wiart established Les Metalliers Champenois in the U.S. Mr. Wiart is the recipient of numerous American and French honors and medals including the Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor.