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‘The Urban Fabric: Architectural History of the Garment District’ Webinar
June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
New York Adventure Club | www.AdventureClub.com
While the blocks from 35th and 41st Streets between Broadway and 9th Avenue in New York are best known for their role in fashion and labor history, the area known as the Garment District also plays an important role in architectural history. But how did this tiny neighborhood influence not just fashion, but the future of architecture throughout the rest of the city and country? It’s time to explore “Fashion Avenue” and its role in setting the architectural style of the nation.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the architecture history of the Garment District and how a rapid development of art deco skyscrapers after World War I helped create a city within a city, which became a model for urban centers throughout the nation.
Led by writer, historian, and New York City tour guide Lucie Levine, our virtual experience surrounding the Garment District’s architecture will include:
- The origins of the Garment District, from why a designated area for New York’s garment industry was needed to the millionaire merchants who led a campaign to “Save New York” from garment lofts
- A discussion of how architects in the Garment District tried to create a “New York Style” of architecture, and the “father of the New York Skyline” who designed 14 buildings in the neighborhood
- How once-humble garment workers became real estate tycoons who built “Garment Cities” named after themselves (and where you can still find their names carved in stone!)
- The close-knit ties between the area’s architectural history and Jewish immigrant experience in New York in the years following WWI
- A look at some of the district’s most iconic art deco towers and interiors, from those still-standing to demolished long ago
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lucie — any and all questions about the architecture of the Garment District 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
“Interesting discussion of architecture when focused on a specific subject/area.” -Leon
“I knew very little about the architecture of the Garment District and its place within the history of New York City architecture. The webinar was highly informative. Good stuff!” -James I.
“She very thorough. Photos were great.” -Karen
“I loved the photos and especially the detailed images, the closeups.” -Norma
“I love the excellence of the content.” -Evelyne
“Everything. Being honest, it was not a topic that held any special interest for me, but I had enjoyed Ms. Levine’s previous talks so signed up and was riveted for the duration. She is one of the few presenters who can make something you didn’t care about fascinating with her unique blend of social history and architectural insight. Her visuals were good but I most appreciated the sheer volume of information provided.” -Lahring
“I love the presenter and her knowledge and slide show.” -barbara
“I was interested in the topic.” -Annie
“I love the theme and presenter.” -Glorilyn
“I love the blend of history and architecture.” -Charles
“Plenty of information, skillfully presented.” -Klaus-Peter
“So much information! I learn so much with every lecture. I really like how Lucie packs in so much history. She’s amazing!” -kenda
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