Downtown Deco, New York City
New York’s Financial District started in 1625 with the Dutch West India Company, and since then has thrived and became one of the most important business districts in the world. This epicenter of business is now host to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations, whose historic buildings make up New York’s iconic skyline.
Join Royal Oak on an in-person walking tour of Manhattan’s southern tip, focusing on major examples of Art Deco architecture and design. Led by architectural historian Matt Postal, we’ll see how this eclectic and decorative style transformed the city’s rising skyline in the roaring 1920s and early 1930s.
Highlights are likely to include John Street, the former insurance district, where a cluster of office towers designed by Ely Jacques Kahn and Shreve Lamb & Harmon, among others, have been converted to residential use. As well as such striking skyline icons as the Cities Service Building by Clinton & Russell, the City Bank-Farmer’s Trust Company Building by Cross & Cross, and Ralph Walker’s remarkable One Wall Street, where Gothic meets modern.