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Sunday October 5
Philip Johnson’s Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
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Join Justin Ferate as we visit Philip Johnson's Glass House. The Glass House was an extremely important and influential project for Johnson and for modern architecture. The building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection. The Glass House is an example of early use of industrial materials such as glass and steel in home design. The estate includes other buildings designed by Johnson that span his career. Johnson lived at the weekend retreat for 58 years, and subsequently after 1960 with his longtime companion, David Whitney, an art critic and curator who helped design the landscaping and largely collected the art on display.
Sunday October 19
“Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson” – Jewish Washington Heights
This very unusual comprehensive tour – conducted by Shulamith “Shuli” Berger from the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy – will focus on the distinctive history and contemporary Jewish community of Washington Heights. Shuli is the Curator of Special Collections at the Yeshiva University Library and a Washington Heights resident.
Our tour will begin on the campus of Yeshiva University. The inauguration, in 1928, of an imposing Moorish Revival building on Amsterdam Avenue (architects Charles B. Meyers and Henry Beaumont Herts) finalized YU's relocation from the overcrowded, impoverished neighborhood of the Lower East Side to the then bucolic Washington Heights. We will tour this dynamic, urban campus.
Making our way west, we will view the major facilities of K'hal Adath Jeshurun, (1939) – known locally as “Breuer’s” – a unique German-tradition kehilla (centralized religious community) on Bennett Avenue. We will discuss the legacy of Rabbi Sampson Raphael Hirsch who, in 1851, founded the original kehilla that bore this name in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany. After Kristallnacht (November 10, 1938) Rabbi Hirsch’s grandson, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Breuer, came to Washington Heights and revived the spiritual traditions on these shores.
Our tour will also include Mount Sinai Jewish Center, an Orthodox Ashkenazi congregation that includes, along with its older long-time members, many congregants in their 20s and 30s.
Our next stop will be Chabad of Washington Heights, the most recent addition to communal life in Washington Heights. We’ll then take a possibly unexpected elevator ride to the top of the bluff to Bennett Park. Built on the site of Fort Washington, from which the Continental Army delayed the advance of British troops in 1776, the park was named for James Gordon Bennett, Sr. – the newspaper publisher who launched the New York Herald in 1835. Bennett Park is located at the highest natural point in Manhattan.
Tour concludes with viewing of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, founded in 1906 and housed in a dramatic Art Deco building. For those who want to end the tour with a “nosh” – Justin will make a special post-tour stop at Gideon’s Kosher Bakery !
Sunday November 2
Spuyten Duyvil on the Hudson
The bucolic Bronx country village of Spuyten Duyvil grew up after the Civil War. Here, Isaac G. Johnson established a highly successful iron foundry on the parcel of land where the Hudson and Harlem Rivers converge. Washington Irving contended that the name “Spuyten Duyvil” was derived from the Dutch. Irving recounted a legendary tale of Peter Stuyvesant's trumpeter, who vowed to row across the dangerously choppy waters "in spite of the devil."
Discover the charming wooden cottages that survive from historic Spuyten Duyvil along with some of the prominent landmarks, both natural and man-made. Included in this often wooded stroll will be the romantic Villa Charlotte Bronte, an exquisite stone and half-timber country church by Francis Kimball (with noteworthy Tiffany windows), and Henry Hudson Park with its 100-foot Doric column topped with a 16-foot bronze sculpture of Henry Hudson by the noted 19th century sculptor Karl Bitter. The explorer Hudson is permanently poised to overlook the river that bears his name.
DON'T FORGET DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
Sunday November 16
Long Island Estates – from the Vanderbilts to the Guggenheims
Visiting two meticulously preserved historic summer mansions of Long Island provides a perfect way to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle of luxury and opulence in the era of “The Great Gatsby.” Join tour leader Justin Ferate as we visit Eagle’s Nest, the former home of William K. Vanderbilt II and Falaise, the former home of Harry F. Guggenheim. Our luncheon will be at Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille. Situated on beautiful Manhasset Bay, the restaurant’s magnificent location serves up a panoramic view of the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound.
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