Lecture: Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York

Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York

– Free and open to the Public 

Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

524 Main Street

New York Public Library – Roosevelt Island Branch


The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. 

Photo Credit: Joyce Ravid

Noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins will give an illustrated lecture on this enriching aspect of New York’s history. Mr. Robins is the author of three books on New York City architecture, including New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture (SUNY Press, 2017).  A Q & A will follow the lecture.

Coined in the 1960s to describe a style of French decorative arts, Art Deco now refers to design elements ranging from saltcellars to skyscrapers and produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of the 20th century, using abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design.

The event, free and open to the public, is the third in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.