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February 2017
Duplicate State
$5
February 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Family Program: NEW YORK’S TALLEST THROUGH HISTORY

The Skyscraper Museum,
39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States
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A scavenger hunt in the Museum’s galleries will track the tallest buildings in New York City and in the world from 1870 to 1979 to 2017! Then kids will compare the scale of buildings that have held the title of tallest by constructing paper models of the World Building, the Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center. Learn about the evolution from small to TALL! Ages 5+. Registration requested. To sign up for the Family Program newsletter, or to RSVP,…

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March 2017
1900
Free - $10
March 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Re-framing the Debate over the “First Skyscrapers:”​ Tall Building Construction in New York vs. Chicago, 1883-1900 ​

The Skyscraper Museum,
39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States
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Two professors of structural engineering and historic preservation who have researched and published extensively on the beginnings of metal-frame construction in New York and Chicago revisit the partisan debate over definitions of the “first skyscrapers.” Donald Friedman, New Yorker and author of Historical Building Construction, and Thomas Leslie, author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, will discuss the introduction and adoption of steel skeletons in the practice of construction in the 19th century’s two leading skyscraper cities. The session is framed as…

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1900
Free
March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

New York’s First Skyscrapers: When, Where, & Why?

Unnamed Venue,
Cornell AAP
26 Broadway, 20th Floor, NY 10004 United States
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Why did some office buildings and apartment houses begin to get taller in the mid-1870s and the early-1880s, respectively? Where did developers build and why? How did corporations design buildings for their needs, as well as for profit? Speakers in the first Friday afternoon session will address these and other issues, from the introduction of elevators to telephone technology, as well as the cooperative movement in residential architecture. Introductions by Carol Willis Riding High in the Age of Masonry: Elevators…

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1900
Free
March 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Rise of the Skyscraper City

Cornell AAP,
26 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10004 United States
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The second Friday afternoon session will continue to explore new narratives on nineteenth-century New York. Speakers will focus on lesser-studied typologies of commercial architecture, hotels and lofts, and on the extraordinary importance of Broadway as a high-value corridor, made visible by the Ten & Taller survey. Introductions by Carol Willis Hotels: Big and Tall Tom Mellins, architectural historian and independent curator Broadway: The Tallest Street in the City Michelle Young, Adjunct Professor, Columbia, GSAPP and founder of Untapped Cities Lofty…

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