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Autumn 2016

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

Sep 19
6:30 PM
  The Empress Eugénie: The Founder of Haute Couture. Illustrated lecture by David Garrard Lowe. One of the most extraordinary figures to occupy the French throne was María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero de Guzmán y Kirkpatrick, born in Spain in 1826. Upon her marriage to Napoleon III in 1853, she became Empress of France. Strikingly attractive, she was certainly not just another pretty face. Eugénie was an important ally of Paris's city planner, Baron Haussmann; she was also, through her patronage of Charles Frederick Worth, the founder of French haute-couture. As an early customer of the House of Guerlain, she helped make French scent le dernier cri. Her need for hat boxes, jewel cases, and trunks propelled malletier Louis Vuitton to the top of the luggage trade. This richly illustrated talk will delineate this magnificent tale, which ended with the Imperial family's exile in England. 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

Empress Eugenie
Official portrait of Empress Eugenie
Photo by After Franz Xaver Winterhalter -

Oct 18
2:00 PM
  Proust's Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. Guided exhibition tour. Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Comtesse Greffulhe, was a legendary beauty celebrated for her "aristocratic and artistic elegance," and one of Marcel Proust's primary inspirations for his immortal character, Oriane, Duchesse de Guermantes, in A la recherche du temps perdu. This extraordinary exhibition features 40 ensembles and accessories from the Comtesse Greffulhe's fabled wardrobe. Our guide will be Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Limited to 25 participants.

The Museum at FIT
Goodman Center lobby
SW corner of 7th Ave. at 27th St.    map
$35 members; $45 non-members.
Payment to Beaux Arts Alliance required in advance.

Proust's Muse
Photograph by Paul Nadar, the Countess Greffulhe wearing the "Lily Dress" created by the House of Worth, 1896. ©Nadar/Galliera/ Roger-Viollet

Oct 26
6:00 PM
  THE GLORY OF PENN STATION: LOST FOREVER? We return to India House for a very special event. New Yorkers continue to mourn the loss of McKim, Mead & White's magnificent Pennsylvania Station, which opened in 1910 and was so egregiously razed a mere 53 years later, to intense public outrage. It lives on in our collective memory and in countless books and documentaries. But how many of us dream that one day, the quintessence of Beaux Arts glory would return? Sound far-fetched? Maybe not. This evening, Justin Shubow, President of the National Civic Art Society, based in Washington, DC, will detail the bold plan to recreate McKim's masterpiece. David Garrard Lowe will begin the program with an illustrated tribute to Charles Follen McKim, and the presentation will conclude with a discussion of the campaign to rebuild. An event not to be missed! The lecture will be preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by a buffet dinner.

India House
One Hanover Square
New York NY 10004    map
$59 (Reservation and advance payment required)
Reserve with India House at (212) 269-2323, press 3; or
Make payment directly to India House; cash or check only

Pennsylvania Station Interior
Interior of Pennsylvania Station
Photo by Cervin Robinson

Dec 12
8:00 PM
  A 19th-Century Holiday Party With special performance previews of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT'S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867 throughout the evening by star John Kevin Jones. This season, we partner with our good friends at the Merchant's House, decorated in festive mid-19th century holiday dress with a trimmed tree, poinsettias, and greenery decking the halls. Join us for tours of the house (built in 1832), caroling, and a sampling of Dickensian fare as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York. There will be a holiday raffle.

Merchant's House Museum
29 East 4th Street
(between Lafayette Street & Bowery)   map
$40 members of BAA, $45 non-members
Payment to Beaux Arts Alliance required in advance.

John Kevin Jones
John Kevin Jones

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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