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MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings

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About the Event

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is pleased to co-sponsor the Municipal Art Society’s popular MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings, with architectural historian and renowned MAS tour guide Anthony W. Robins. In this four-session course (plus one field trip), learn how to unearth detailed information about New York City’s buildings. (Please note: Classes are not available individually.)

The 2020 course will take place over four consecutive Thursday evenings at the Municipal Art Society.

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The Building: Understand the byzantine records of the Department of Buildings.

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The Client: Weave your way through deeds, directories, obituaries, Who’s Who, tax records, and local histories.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The Architect: Discover standard texts, guidebooks, periodicals, the Avery Index, and Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records publications.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The Public: Explore a treasure trove of photograph collections, maps, archives, libraries, and historical societies.

Field Trip, Date TBD

Visit the Manhattan Department of Buildings, New York City Conveyance Records, Municipal Archives, and Municipal Reference Library.

AIA members are eligible for four AIA LUs upon completion of the course.

Members of the New York Landmarks Conservancy receive the discount price of $300. Please contact Ted Mineau at tmineau@mas.org to register at the discount price.

For more information regarding the course, click here.


About Anthony W. Robins

Mr. Robins is an author, lecturer, tour guide, and former Director of Survey at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on whose staff he served for 20 years. He is a founding member and current Vice President of The Art Deco Society of New York, and sits on the Board of the New York Preservation Archive Project. He teaches at Columbia and NYU. His books include New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, and Classics of American Architecture: The World Trade Center.

About The Municipal Art Society

For more than 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has worked to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. As a non-profit advocacy organization, MAS mobilizes diverse allies to focus on issues that affect our city from sidewalk to skyline. The Conservancy and MAS frequently collaborate on issues of mutual interest.

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