About Victorian Society New York
Founded in New York City in 1966, the Victorian Society in America is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and preservation of our nineteenth-century heritage as well as that of the early twentieth century (1837-1917). The Metropolitan Chapter, oldest of numerous chapters now flourishing throughout the country, is an independent organization affiliated with the national society.
Our chapter’s activities include an active program of free lectures by experts in architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, landscape, literature, and cultural history. We organize tours of special exhibitions, neighborhood walks, and visits to historical sites as well as private homes in greater New York and nearby regions such as the Berkshires, the Hudson River Valley, Fairfield County, Long Island and Cape May. Many of these activities help support scholarships to the national Victorian Society Summer Schools in the United States and England.
The Metropolitan Chapter actively promotes preservation of the incomparable wealth of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historic districts, individual landmarks, interiors and civic art in the New York City area. Past campaigns we have supported include the Jefferson Market Library, Tweed Courthouse, Sailors Snug Harbor, St. Bartholomew’s Church, The Sherman Monument, Soho-Cast Iron and Ladies’ Mile Historic Districts, and the Seventh Regiment Armory interiors. The Chapter also sponsors an annual awards program to recognize outstanding preservation and scholarly projects.
Members receive invitations to our lectures, tours, receptions, annual meeting, and other special events, along with reduced admission fees.
If you are interested in any aspect of the Victorian era we invite you to join us.
The Victorian Society New York would like to thank its members and donors for their generous support.