Following the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1880, the adjacent area along Fifth Avenue quickly became New York City’s most fashionable neighborhood, where prominent families constructed magnificent residences. Astonishingly, many of these mansions were replaced by luxury apartment buildings only one generation later. Today, this sophisticated district displays a striking array of architectural styles from McKim, Mead & White Classicism to Philip Johnson Post-Modernism. Mosette Broderick—author and Director of the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program and the Historical & Sustainable Architecture M.A. Program at NYU—will lead this tour of the neighborhood, as described in her new book which will chronicle the architecture of Fifth Avenue at the height of its importance a century ago.
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