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Here’s a link to an article by Judith Berdy, which was published on Politico.com on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
With Tour Leader Dalton Whiteside
Tuesday–September 30, 2014 (rain date October 7)
Our tour will begin at 10:30 a.m., starting at the north end of the campus at the crossing of 141st Avenue, just near the Hamilton Grange National Memorial (at 414 W 141st St, New York, NY 10031).
After a stroll by the historic home of our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, we will continue on to City College’s iconic Perpendicular Gothic campus and its subsequent buildings that were later built to house various disciplines of the college. Along our tour, we will visit the Great Hall, Lincoln Corridor, and a Shepard’s grand Reception Room.
Additionally, we will cover the history of several significant buildings that preceded some of the present campus structures, their importance in the community, and untimely ends.
Next, we will arrive at what is sometimes known as the “South Campus” where you will have the opportunity to visit the Architecture Library and view the Spitzer School of Architecture’s newest exhibit on the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. Some original models have been brought from Spain especially for this exhibit that highlight his unique works. If the weather holds we can ascend to the building’s roof for great views of the city.
Lastly, we have the wonderful opportunity to explore the newly constructed Science Research Center buildings whose land holds a fascinating history of being the former home of the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart.
To register for this tour e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee is $25- for RIHS members and $35- for guests
For more information call (212) 688-4836
(lunch will be optional at local restaurant)
Goldwater Hospital’s closing gave photographer Charles Giraudet the opportunity to photograph for posterity this 75-year old building. Built by the WPA, Goldwater is a showplace of creative and forward-thinking architecture. Join Charles Giraudet and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for a photographic walk through the now silent halls, byways and passages of this architectural masterpiece.
Charles Giraudet’s earliest memory takes place in his father’s photo studio in Paris, France. After completing his architecture studies, he moved to New York and worked on projects large and small for over 15 years. Giraudet came back to photography when he started to look at the camera itself as an architectural artifact—a room that captures light and fragments of life. A small camera collection ensued, with which he has taken images around the globe. Lately, his projects have been revolving around concepts familiar to architects (perception, identity, memory, scale, transformation, the body in space, etc.), and the documentation of the human experience as it is manifested in space. He is currently documenting Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York, which is being demolished to make room for the new Cornell Tech campus.
Roosevelt Island Historical Society www.rihs.us
The New York Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch
This program is free and open to the public.
In the early years of the 20th century, Queens County underwent an enormous transformation.
The Queensboro Bridge of 1909 forever changed the landscape of this primarily rural area into the urban metropolis it is today. Forgotten Queens shows New York’s largest borough between the years 1920 and 1950, when it was adorned with some of the finest model housing and planned communities anywhere in the country.
Victorian mansions, cookie-cutter row houses, fishing shacks and beach-side bungalows all coexisted next to workplaces and commercial areas. Beckoning with the torch of the new century and a bright promise for those who dared to pioneer its urban wilderness, Queens flourished as a community.
Robert Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society will take us on a journey thru these neighborhoods, moments from Roosevelt Island.
Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”
Curated by Judith Berdy and Sean McGee
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society is proud to present the opening of a new exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, at The Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street, on Roosevelt Island. The Opening Reception will be held on August 12, 2013, from 5-8 pm in The Octagon Gallery. Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island” may also be viewed during normal Gallery hours from 10am-8pm daily, through September 7, 2013.
On May 23, 2013, Edward Hopper’s original oil canvas, Blackwell’s Island (1928), was sold at Christies for 19.2 million dollars during the auction house’s American Art sale. Hopper’s famous work has been previously exhibited by several prominent galleries, including the Carnegie Institute, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The most recent Roosevelt Island Historical Society exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, will feature a full-size canvas reproduction of Blackwell’s Island, alongside photographs of the actual historical images which are part of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s collection of buildings, scenery, and people which Edward Hopper depicted in the work. The intent of the exhibition is to provide visitors with an historical exegesis of Mr. Hopper’s work while, simultaneously, personalizing it through a display within The Octagon, which is one of the buildings prominently featured in the painting itself.
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society extends special thanks to those sponsors who helped make this exhibition possible including Christie’s, Becker + Becker, PRC Management, and Gallery RIVAA.