Tour – West Village and Chelsea Tour

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In a city renowned as an international art hub, the West Village and Chelsea stand out as two of New York’s most vibrant creative communities. The idiosyncratic, “off-grid” plan of the West Village and adjacent Greenwich Village suits these neighborhoods’ reputations a bohemian havens for visual artists, musicians, writers, and students who frequent the area’s many parks including Washington Square Park and nearby Union Square Park located just northeast of Greenwich. Directly north of the Village, the converted industrial warehouses and factories of Chelsea are now home to one of the world’s densest concentrations of blue-chip galleries making this area a driving force in the artworld. This week, we will look at the unique architecture of Chelsea and the West Village which provides an essential setting for New York’s thriving art scene. Specific examples that will be discussed include the Washington Mews, the Bayard Building, and the recently opened Whitney Museum designed by Renzo Piano. If time allows, we will also take a tour of the Flatiron District Directly east of Chelsea, to visit sites such as the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park.

This tour will award 4 AIA-CES credits for continuing education by the American institute of Architects

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Buildings Featured on this Tour


Washington Sq. Park 1827

Washington Sq. Arch, Stanford White, 1889

Washington Mews, Maynicke & Franke (converted), 1830’s (1916)

West Village Appartments, Richard Meyer,

High Line, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, James Corner, 2008-2015

Whitney Museum of American Art, Renzo Piano, 2015

Standard Hotel, Polshek Partnership Architects, 2009

Diane Von Fustenberg HQ, Work AC,

IAC building, Frank Gehry, 2007

Maritime Hotel, Albert C. Ledner, 1960s

Hudson Yards, Kohn Pederson Fox, in-process

The Javits Center, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, 1986

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