Tenement Chic: A walking tour of East Village tenements with Barry Feldman

Garish grotesques, mythical beasts, beautiful botanicals, ornate cornices, columns and pilasters are a few examples of architectural ornamentation that adorn otherwise drab nineteenth century tenements. Who were the anonymous artisans who created these treasures? What changes in technology allowed for the rich array of ornamental application? What motivated building developers and landlords to increase construction costs to accommodate ornamental details?

Join urban historian Barry Feldman to explore the development of the tenement and the architectural styles of nineteenth century townhouses in the East Village.

This is a walking tour – you will be on your feet the entire time, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Sunday, September 22, 2013
2:00 pm