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LW! e-Newsletter
January 26, 2012

Time is running out!  Only a few spots remain for this Monday's Nina Gray lecture on the evolution of the professional interior decorator and Jean Arrington's February 8 lecture on public school architect Charles B.J. Snyder.  Reserve your spot today, and join us for one (or both!) of these fascinating lectures!  More information below.

Both lectures are $15 for LW! members ("Partners" members and above receive 2-for-1 admission!), and $25 for non-LW! members.  Not sure if you're a member?  Email us to find out.


Dublin House
Louis C. Tiffany's Library at the Bella Apartments,
48 East 26th Street

style"Living in Style: the Evolution of the Professional Interior Decorator from Artistic Houses to the Arts and Crafts"   

A Slide Lecture by Nina Gray

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street

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The publication of Artistic Houses in 1883 featured interior design at its peak in America and presented stylish interiors decorated by cabinet-makers such as Herter Brothers and artists such as Louis C. Tiffany. The role of the interior decorator evolved aesthetically and commercially over the next quarter of a century. Architects of the Arts and Crafts Movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene brought a new spirit and unity to the decoration of high style interiors.  


Nina Gray, a noted independent scholar and curator specializing in decorative arts and architecture of the 19th and early 20th centuries, will share her research and images of the evolving interiors in America during this time period. Gray was the co-curator and co-author of A New Light on Tiffany, Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls (2007) and also curated the "Tiffany by Design" traveling exhibition for the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. She was formerly the curator of the Park Avenue Armory, as well as associate curator of Decorative Arts and assistant curator of Architecture, Photographs and Prints at The New-York Historical Society.  




Mickey Mantle School, 466 West End Avenue
NYC Landmark

snyder"A Revolution in Public-School Design:

The Legacy of Charles B. J. Snyder"   

A Slide Lecture by Jean Arrington
Introduction by Fran Rosenfeld, P.S. 166 alum and LW! Education Committee member   

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street

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Visionary and innovative, the Progressive-Era architect Charles B.J. Snyder made more changes to New York City's schools during his 31-year career (1891-1922) as the Superintendent of School Buildings for the NYC Board of Education than have occurred in the subsequent 90 years.  Responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all public schools in the five boroughs, Snyder designed and built 408 new school buildings and additions, including the city's first high schools.  All but one high school and more than half of his buildings in general still retain their original function.


C.B.J. Snyder is most well known for his innovative "H-plan." In LANDMARK WEST!'s February 1994 newsletter, Dr. Amy S. Weisser, Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU, wrote that his architecture "aided [turn-of-the-century] social reformers in boosting the status of the public education system by replacing cramped, dark, unsanitary, fire-prone school houses with safe and secure buildings." 


Jean Arrington, C.B.J. Snyder scholar, will provide an overview of Snyder's life and architecture, focusing on his Upper West Side buildings.



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