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‘Architect Richard Morris Hunt and the City Beautiful Movement’ Webinar

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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From Beaux-Arts palaces and towering monuments to the world’s most famous art museums, American architect Richard Morris Hunt seemed to have his hands in every large design project during the Gilded Age. But how did a son of a prominent American political family take advantage of his opportunities to become one of the most accomplished architects in history? This is the story of the “Dean of American Architects,” and how Hunt’s dedication to urban beautification and civic pride can still be felt over a century later.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the life and legacy of Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895), a 19th-century American architect who not only helped transform New York’s built environment by creating some of the city’s most beloved architectural gems, but also helped transform the way we think about cities as a source of pride and inspiration.

Led by writer, historian, and New York City tour guide Lucie Levine, our virtual experience surrounding the architectural legacy of Richard Morris Hunt will include:

  • His world-spanning early education and works, which included being the first American architect trained at famed architectural school L’ecole de Beaux Arts and designing sections of the Louvre as part of his first professional project
  • and he traveled all over the world (his brother was one of the first people to photograph egypt in the 1850s)
  • How his family’s esteemed reputation in American politics (think governors, congressmen, and relatives of writers/signers of the Declaration of Independence) helped him become the “court architect” of such illustrious families as the Astors and Vanderbilts
  • An overview of the City Beautiful Movement that Hunt helped usher in, in addition to why he founded civic organizations like The Municipal Art Society and The American Institute of Architects
  • A look at Hunt’s most notable buildings and monuments, such as the Statue of Liberty pedestal, main wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Administration Building at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893
  • Images of the immaculate private homes he designed in New York and beyond, including the William K. Vanderbilt House on Fifth Avenue, The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lucie — any and all questions about Richard Morris Hunt are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


“The extent of the presenter’s knowledge.” -Bill

“The webinar was rich with information about New York architectural, social, and to a lesser extent, political history. Even though I knew a certain amount about these things, this added to my knowledge and understanding.” -James

“Precise information on Hunt’s work in NYC and how his public works there defined his City Beautiful.” -Mary

“Presenter was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Loads of information and wonderful illustrations.” -Lynn

“Pictures I had never seen before. I am always impressed by Lucie’s knowledge and her ability to answer questions not directly covered in her presentation.” -Patricia

“I learned a lot of information. Great presentation! I liked the way Lucie tired in other people and events to Richard Morris Hunt. Very interesting!” -Andasia

“Lucie is such a joy along with her very thorough content. I can not wait for the pandemic to subside so I can come to NY to take tours with her and others of your people in person!” -Karen

“I love the pictures of the building interiors, don’t often see the inside of the mansions.” -Barbara

“Very professional and lively speaker.” -Donna

“As always, when Lucie is the presenter, I totally enjoyed it because Lucie is such a consistently terrific presenter, full of details, the social history connection of past events to the present. She teaches us during these frightening times in her calm reassuring way, so down to earth as she talks about all this elegance, talent, & the pillars of our architectural history. I like how she connected the City Beautiful movement to the every day person on the street so that they would enjoy the finest in arts and architecture via these museums, or even just looking at the buildings. I didn’t know that was a core value of this movement till today’s presentation. Thanks so much Lucie!” -Sharon

“Lucie is the best! A really great presenter and incredibly knowledgeable! I always learn so much new info!” -Kenda

“Very good presentation of Hunt’s influence on architecture in NYC.” -Janet

“Interesting facts about what he designed in New York City.” -Janet

“Enlightening. Entertaining. Well presented. Great photos.” -Joseph

“Informative and the slides.” -Howard

“Lucie is extremely knowledgeable about the city’s architecture, history and social milieu.” -Peggy

“It was great presentation of interesting and informative subject matter.” -Karen

“A well rounded overview of the architects background, the influences on his work and his contribution NYC.” -Mardine

“Well organized. Great photos (and labeled!). Delivery clear at a good pace.” -Shelagh

“Presentation was excellently done!” -Richard

“I enjoyed the subject matter and the lecturer was definitely very knowledgeable and polite. I love NY and enjoyed learning more about the history of the architecture.” -Michele

“Lucie is the best speaker and is always prepared and informed.” -Bettina

“Depth of detail, trenchant analysis.” -Peter

“Content, presentation style, pacing.” -Heidi

“The level of knowledge of the presenter, the slides, it moved very well, did not give me a chance to get bored.” -Maria

“Well organized, good photos, clear presentation.” -Seth

“Lucie was very knowledgeable and chose her pictures and stories well.” -Joan

“The information and the presenter.” -Glorilyn

“The old pictures and the interesting information about the historical characters.” -Betsy

“I liked the speaker’s approach to the topic.” -Elisabetta

“Like all the research and information that Lucie shares. She really knows her topic inside and out.” -Mardine

“Everything, I loved learning about the history and buildings. I loved that era.” -Stacey

“Her thorough knowledge of the subject. She is also a gifted speaker. I would imagine she has given this lecture before, but I was still impressed by her facility with words. and ability to choose just the right words.” -Patricia

“Having experienced the pleasure an in-person tour of the Lower East Side with Lucie, I was really looking forward to this tour. She did not disappoint. Indeed, she exceeded all my expectations. Excellent presentation in terms of content, visuals and delivery.” -Francis

“Well presented with good photos illustrating material and a wealth of information.” -Leon

“Learning the vast # of buildings that Hunt designed, his rich legacy, the professional linkages and lineages of so many architects.” -Claudia

“I love how the story of Hunt tied together his family background, education, philosophy and accomplishments with the changes happening in the period.” -Kitty

“I love how articulate and knowledgeable the presenter was.” -Donna

“I had heard the term “City Beautiful movement” but didn’t know anything about it. webinar was very informative!” -Michele


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