Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Amsterdam Houses Exhibit

Come celebrate with us!

We are pleased to announce a special exhibition and reception saluting the history of Amsterdam Houses and featuring the work of John Jay College of Criminal Justice students. This event is the product of a six-month collaboration with John Jay, the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, the LaGuardia Archives at LaGuardia Community College and Landmark West.

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2006

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues)

As part of our continued advocacy for landmark designation, Landmark West has worked with John Jay College to raise greater awareness for the cultural, historical and architectural significance of Amsterdam Houses. We look forward to updating you on this project in 2007.

Amsterdam Houses is a significant example of public housing built immediately following World War II according to plans by prominent New York City architects Grosvenor Atterbury, Harvey Wiley Corbett and Arthur C. Holden, together with landscape architects Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano. Originally home to many returning World War II veterans, Amsterdam Houses was unique from the start for its ethnic diversity. Today, it stands as one of the last publicly funded housing developments “to define open space along Classically inspired lines and to exhibit brickwork that was carefully detailed to create simple ornament,” according to New York City historian Robert A.M. Stern (New York 1960, p677).

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