Hildreth Meière’s Art Deco New York Tour
About the Event:
Join ADSNY for this special-access walking tour exploring an exceptional collection of 1920s and 30s decorative ornamentation by renowned craftsperson Hildreth Meière. On this newly developed tour, unlike any tour ADSNY has done before, the artist’s granddaughter Hildreth Meière Dunn and cultural historian Sibyl McCormac Groff will get up-close-and-personal with several of the artist’s most recognizable and inspiring commissions.
In St. Bartholomew’s Church, we will see and learn the story of Meière’s designs that beautifully merge the style of early Byzantine mosaics with the unique design principles of Art Deco. We will see how her glittering apse mosaics from 1929 and the stunning domes of the narthex from 1930 create the unique atmosphere of this iconic space. We will also delve into how, almost two decades later, Meière was commissioned to design six clerestory windows in stained glass to advance the vision of St. Bart’s.
The tour will include a stop at St. Thomas Church for a special chance to see the remembrance shrine that Meière designed in 1935. The cabinet will be opened just for us so that we can see how the stunning ornamentation inside reinterpreted medieval prototypes to create a unique Art Deco style.
Stops will also include an opportunity to see the artist’s work in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the chance to learn about the striking mixed metal and enamel piece created for the façade of the 1932 RKO Center Theatre, the only building in the original Rockefeller Center complex to have been torn down.
Space is very limited for this one-of-a-kind program. Sign up today!
Members: $45.00 Jazz Age Order Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $60.00
Audio assistance devices will be provided for all attendees.