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Event Schedule for Autumn 2018

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

Sep 24
6:00 PM
  Nancy Astor: First Woman in the House of Commons
Born in Virginia in 1879, she married one of England's grandest lords and fought for women's rights, becoming one of Britain's top politicians and social leaders. In this beautifully illustrated lecture, DAVID GARRARD LOWE will recount the political intrigue, the aristocratic milieu, and the determination of this American who would be the first woman to break England's glass ceiling. Reception in the Undercroft to follow.

Church of the Resurrection
115 East 74th Street (Park & Lexington)   map
The undercroft is NOT handicapped accessible.

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

Nancy Astor
Portrait of Nancy Astor by
John Singer Sargent, 1909

Oct 3
6:00 PM
  Joseph Urban: From Vienna to New York
In this illustrated narrative, DAVID GARRARD LOWE will trace the career of one of the most brilliant of America's designers, Joseph Urban. Born in Vienna in 1872, Urban studied art and architecture at the prestigious Polytechnique and was soon creating breathtaking theatrical sets for the renowned Burghtheater. These daring sets would attract notice in the United States, leading Urban first to Boston and then, in 1914, to New York. He was soon designing for the Metropolitan Opera, the Ziegfeld Follies, and for motion pictures. In the meantime, he established a highly successful architectural practice. Urban's buildings were at once elegant and innovative. Among his finest were the New School on West 12th Street, the Park Avenue Restaurant, the Central Park Casino, the Hearst Building, and the Ziegfeld Theatre. New Yorkers can only mourn the fact that Urban's impressive designs for a new Metropolitan Opera House in the late 1920s were not realized.

India House
One Hanover Square   map
The lecture will be preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by a buffet dinner.
$59.00 per person.
Reserve directly with India House (212) 269-2323, press 3; or
Payment required in advance to India House. India House, One Hanover Square, New York NY 10004
(Payment must be made directly to India House; cash or check only)

New School
Entrance to the New School
New York City

Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City
circa 1929

Nov 19
6:00 PM
  Ritz & Escoffier: How Two Masters Made Dining a Splendid Event
Author Luke Barr will transport us to Belle Epoque Paris and London, where hotelier César Ritz and chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy to give birth to the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, the likes of which no one had ever experienced; where American nouveaux riches, gauche industrialists, and unaccompanied women gathered to dine in lavish surroundings, and which was run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways. LUKE BARR is the author of New York Times bestselling Provence, 1970. Barr attended Harvard and was formerly the features editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. His latest book Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class will be available for purchase and signing. Reception in the Undercroft to follow.

Church of the Resurrection
115 East 74th Street (Park & Lexington)   map
The undercroft is NOT handicapped accessible.

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

Ritz & Escoffier  

Reservations and payment are required in advance for all programs.

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