The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan (unless noted otherwise on the event listing). No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at pre-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!
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Behind the Scenes: Central Park Arsenal Tour
March 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, for a tour of The Arsenal (1847-1851)including a trip to the roof! The Arsenal, now the Parks Department headquarters, the Central Park building has a rich history of past uses, including a stint as the American Museum of Natural History. The Arsenal was designed by Martin E. Thompson (1786–1877), architect of The Second Branch Bank of the United States (1824), formerly on Wall Street (now the centerpiece of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and The Kellogg Club (1838) in Morristown, NJ. The personalized tour by Mr. Kuhn will point out significant alterations to the building by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, including the WPA-era murals (1935) by Allen Saalburg followed by a curated tour of the Arsenal’s current exhibit, Zane York: Nature Morte (March 9–April 27, 2017). The tour will conclude with sweeping views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue as participants stand on the roof of the Arsenal.
Paid Reservations must be received by Wednesday March 15th.
$25 for members, $30 nonmembers
Checks payable to Metropolitan Chapter VSA and mailed to
Metropolitan Chapter VSA-Tours
232 East 11th Street
New York NY 10003