Telling the Art Deco Story of The Grand Concourse, Part Two (Online Event)
Architectural historian Anthony W. Robins returns to host Part Two of this online exploration of the Bronx’s famed Art Deco thoroughfare, the Grand Concourse! This virtual tour continues our winding “walk” north up, the gently curving path of the Concourse—which boasts a design plan meant to rival the Champs Élysée in Paris.
On this virtual walking tour, Robins will lead us up the northern end of the Concourse and also include notable buildings to the east. As we learned in Part One of this series, the Concourse developed into a fabled residential district, now famous for its Art Deco apartment houses. We will see more of these remarkable Art Deco apartment buildings, notably 1500 Grand Concourse, designed by Jacob Felson, one of the most active architects in the West Bronx. But, this online tour will focus mostly on Art Deco beyond the residential.
Highlights of this online tour include:
- Wagner Building, with its entrance suggestive of the Chrysler Building leading to one of the finest intact commercial lobbies anywhere in the city
- Dollar Savings Bank, whose clock tower, visible for miles around, is one of the Bronx’s true landmarks
- Bronx Zoo’s admired Rainey Gates, adorned with Paul Manship’s marvelous sculptures of Zoo residents including Buster, the giant Galapagos tortoise, and Jimmy, the shoe-bill stork
- Herman Ridder Junior High School, the school that the New York Times called “the first thoroughly modernistic school building” in New York
- One of the city’s eleven mid-1930s “Play Centers” built by Robert Moses—the only one in the borough
- Orchard Beach and its grand curving Bathhouse
Even though this event is online, it will include a live PowerPoint—with wonderful images that you will be able to see directly on your computer screen, tablet, or mobile device––as well as a Q&A session with participants.
If you’d like to check out Part One of this series before tuning in for Part Two, you’re in luck! Click here to learn more about how you can enjoy the full recording of Telling the Art Deco Story of The Grand Concourse, Part One.
Not able to join us at the time of the event? No problem! Those who register will receive a recording of the entire program a few days after the live presentation. When you sign up for the program you have the opportunity to watch, or rewatch, the recording at a time more convenient for your schedule.Buy tickets/get more info now