Monthly Archives: November 2012

Unbuilt East River Subway

Subways under the East River are much on everyone's mind in these post-Hurricane Sandy days. Avery Classics owns a rare portfolio of plans for an unbuilt subway line that would have run from the southern tip of Manhattan to Brooklyn, published by the Manhattan Underground Railway Company, ca. 1891.

The portfolio includes maps of the areas that the proposed line would have connected, as well as plans, sections, and elevations of stations along its route.

It was donated to Avery by Andrew Alpern, whose collection of architectural drawing instruments is part of Avery's Department of Drawings and Archives.

Happy Belated Birthday to Stanford White

Stanford White (November 9, 1853 – June 25, 1906) was one of the most famous American architects of his era. He was a partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. and designed numerous houses, public buildings, institutions, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the American Classical Revival.

Avery Library Drawing & Archives department holds a large collection of his drawings and correspondence.



Image: Album of family letters with sketches. Mixed media.1873-1878.
Repository:Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. Drawings and Archives
Collection:Stanford White Collection


Celebrate: Avery Hall at 100!!!

Saturday November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012 marks the first day of Avery Hall’s second century. Designed by the legendary architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White, Avery Hall is home to the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the renowned Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Together, the School and the Library support a culture of innovation and discovery of the ever dynamic fields of architectural practice and research. GSAPP and Avery Library will host a symposium, exhibition and celebratory reception to honor Avery Hall’s storied history with remarks by faculty, scholars and staff who’ve participated in the life of the building throughout its hundred-year history. 

Event website

Columbia Libraries Press Release

Columbia University Press Release

Janet Parks Delivers Keynote at Construction History Society Meeting

Janet Parks, Avery's Curator of Drawings and Archives will deliver the keynote address at the 3rd biennial meeting of the Construction History Society of America, November 2-3, 2012. The meeting is being held in Boston concurrent with the “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces” exhibit curated by John Ochsendorf and on view at the Boston Public Library through February 24,2013. The exhibit will travel to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, March 16, 2013, and run through September 2, 2013.

Janet's keynote topic, "Guastavino and Gilbert" will call upon the rich archival resources at Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library as well as the Cass Gilbert collection at the New York Historical Society, to render a picture of the relationship between the two master architects' approaches to public spaces during the turn of the 19th to 20th century 'American Renaissance.'

Full program details here.

More information on Guastavino here.

For Avery's Drawings & Archives Guastavino holdings see CLIO record

Contact: Avery Department of Drawings & Archives