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Midtown Terra Cotta Tour

at Archive on Parade - Midtown

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$35 25 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Oct 27, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Midtown, Manhattan
131 W 55th St
Btwn 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10019
This tour meets in front of the New York City Center.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Lucie Levine

What you'll learn in this tour class:

Terra-Cotta, or “fired earth” is the clay chameleon of the concrete jungle: it can mimic stone or sport a rainbow of Technicolor glazes. Both light-weight and highly malleable, its ideal for both slim curtain walls and ornate sculptural ornaments. By the turn of the 20th century, many of the city’s most eminent architects, including Cass Gilbert, Henry Hardenbergh, George B. Post and Ely Jacques Khan, worked in terra-cotta, and the clay faced some of the city’s most iconic facades, including the Flatiron Building, the Woolworth Building and the Plaza Hotel. 

On this tour led by Lucie Levine of Midtown Manhattan, we’ll see the clay chameleon in some of its most beautiful and diverse forms, from a Technicolor Moorish-Revival Temple to a French Renaissance Chateau to an Italian Mannerist school. Along the way, stop by New York’s most ornate apartment building, check out one of the city’s earliest co-ops and find-out how the New York’s most illustrious theater and finest hotel were clad in clay produced right here in the five boroughs!

This tour meets in front of the New York City Center.

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Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of a tour or event for a full refund or a credit to reschedule for a future tour. If you cancel within 24 hours, we can offer you a credit to reschedule for a future tour.


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4:00pm - 5:30pm Lucie Levine 1 $35

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Archive on Parade is a Brooklyn-based tour and event company that aims to take New York City's fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets.

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