Madison Avenue: Historic Landmarks & High Design, Part 2

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General Public and AIA Members$10.00 USD

Event Details

Meet at the Rhinelander Mansion (Ralph Lauren Men's Flagship Store), 867 Madison Ave at East 72nd Street.

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we discover the history behind Madison Avenue’s landmark buildings, and explore how high fashion retail has been incorporated into the district to create a world famous shopping destination during one of two special tours offered during NYCxDESIGN.

The tour will examine architecture from 1870 to the present on and near Madison from East 71st Street to East 84th Street, an area partially within the Upper East Side Historic District and partially within the Metropolitan Museum Historic District, and consider how landmark designation has preserved the avenue’s distinctive character. Highlights include the Rhinelander Mansion, now Ralph Lauren Men’s Flagship store (1898) by Kimball & Thompson, the Met Breuer (1966) by Marcel Breuer & Hamilton Smith, the celebrated Art Deco Hotel Carlyle (1929) by Sylvan Bien, and several palatial townhouses by McKim, Mead & White.

This tour is offered in partnership with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), a public-private partnership established in 1996, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for the community and its visitors. The BID focuses on public safety, sanitation, promotion and advocacy for the district – striving to make Madison Avenue a more attractive and dynamic place in which to shop, live, work and visit. This special NYCxDESIGN tour partially overlaps with the route of the monthly “Madison Avenue: High Fashion and Historic Preservation” walking tour.

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA


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