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Event Schedule for Winter 2017

Reservations are required for all events; please note start times and locations

Jan 26
3:00 PM
  Herter Brothers and William H. Vanderbilt Guided tour of the American Wing Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with particular focus on the furnishings from the former home of William H. Vanderbilt. This will serve as a prequel to the March 23 lecture, The Vanderbilts as Builders.

Meet at the Group Desk in the Great Hall at 2:45 pm.
Tour begins promptly at 3:00

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street   map


$35 members of BAA, $45 non-members.
Group limited to 20

Pedestal from Vanderbilt Drawing Room
Pedestal from the Vanderbilt Drawing Room
Herter Brothers. 1879-1882

Mar 7
7:00 PM
  When Paris Sizzled Paris in the 1920s. Les Années Folles. War had ended. It was the Jazz Age, and the brightest minds of the era happened to find themselves in Paris. Mary McAuliffe, author of When Paris Sizzled, explores this extraordinary decade whose players shaped art, literature, music, fashion, entertainment, and architecture for the twentieth century. She will then engage in a discussion with David Garrard Lowe, President of The Beaux Arts Alliance. A reception and book signing will follow.

This special event is hosted by Albertine Bookstore and the French Cultural Services of The French Embassy in New York City.

French Cultural Services
972 Fifth Avenue at 79th Street    map
Please note that there is no charge for this event.

When Paris Sizzled
When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe

Mar 23
6:30 PM
Biltmore By JcPollock via Wikimedia Commons

The Vanderbilts as Builders Lecture by David Garrard Lowe. No American family has equaled the Vanderbilts in building magnificent structures. If one considers only their private houses in NYC the list is staggering: William Henry Vanderbilt's exotic twin residences of 1880; the French chateau designed by Richard Morris Hunt for Alva Vanderbilt, in 1883; and the 137-room Cornelius Vanderbilt II palace on Fifth Avenue. To this list may be added George Washington Vanderbilt's Biltmore in North Carolina and Frederick Vanderbilt's Palladian mansion in Hyde Park on the banks of the Hudson River. One should also mention the glorious churches, public buildings, and the largest mausoleum ever constructed in the United States. This richly-illustrated talk will bring to life the wonderfully eccentric family who introduced the Beaux-Arts style to the United States. A reception in the Undercroft will follow. PLEASE NOTE: The Undercroft is NOT handicapped accessible.

Church of the Resurrection
115 East 74th Street (between Park & Lexington)    map

$35 members of BAA, $45 non-members.


Reservations and payment are required in advance for all programs. Please make checks payable to The Beaux Arts Alliance and send to The Beaux Arts Alliance, 119 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021. Please note that we do not accept credit cards. Inquiries? Call (212) 639-9120 or email

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