Scarsdale Adult School E-News
February 2022
"Building" Your Knowledge Base
Spoiler Alert: This e-blast reveals some of the architect appreciation offerings scheduled for our spring/summer semester! As an e-blast subscriber, you are the first to learn that registration is now open, even as we continue adding classes to round out next term's catalog. Our spring/summer printable flipbook catalog will be unveiled online soon, but feel free to reserve your priority seats in next semester's classes now.
As you cross the threshold into the SAS architecture department, you will soon find yourself constructing sentences with words like cantilever, fenestration, and tectonic. If flying buttresses have ever entered into your casual conversation, you are sure to be intrigued by the classes on the horizon.

This semester's architecture courses have several distinct themes. Multiple classes in each topic allow you to take a deep dive or skim the surface of many different styles.
Francis Morrone, architectural historian extraordinaire, has just begun a new series on the Architects of America that continues well into the spring/summer term. This chronological study of the building designs and styles of those individuals who might be dubbed the founding fathers of American architecture presents an astounding compilation of illustrations, replete with lesser known anecdotes from their histories. His first class on Benjamin Henry Latrobe drew scores of attendees. Upcoming lectures hone in on the works of:

  • Charles Bullfinch (1763–1844) of Boston (11020)
  • Samuel McIntyre (1757–1811) of Salem (11021)
  • Thomas U. Walter (1804–87) of Philadelphia, Architect of the Capitol Dome (11022)
  • Richard Morris Hunt (1827–95), the Man Who Gilded the Gilded Age (11023)
  • Henry Hobson Richardson (1838–86) and the Rise of American Architecture (11024)
  • Frank Furness (1839–1912) of Philadelphia (11025)
  • Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of New York's McKim, Mead & White (11074)
  • Stanford White (1853–1906) of New York's McKim, Mead & White (11075)
  • Louis Sullivan (1856–1924) of Chicago (11076)
  • Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869–1924), from the Medieval to the Modern (11077)
  • Julia Morgan (1872–1957) of California, the first woman ever to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (11078)
  • Arthur Brown, Jr. (1874–1957) of California (11079)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) (11080)

Are unable to make the Wednesday afternoon meeting time? Register anyway and you will receive the recording of his fascinating lecture for one full week of on demand viewing at your convenience.
Transportation Hubs

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, trained docent and educational guide Ginny Poleman leads students on a walking tour of Farley Post Office and Penn Station's New Moynihan Train Hall (10985). This trip is the second of Poleman's three transportation hub classes in the winter term and a natural companion to the first, an illustrated online lecture detailing the History of Penn Station. On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, she will offer a walking tour of Grand Central Terminal (11047), to take in the magnificence of the beaux arts building during off-peak hours.
Beaux Arts and the Gilded Age

Also in March, Poleman will lecture about another beaux arts landmark: the New York Public Library and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (10986). Class meets on Monday, March 14, 2022, when you will hear stories of how the robber barons of the Gilded Age — Astor, Carnegie, Lenox, and one New York’s Governors, Samuel J. Tilden — started the library's collection. Pair that class with others focusing on the architectural history and culture of the late 1800s: Poleman's walking tours of Ladies' Mile, Shopping During the Gilded Age (11167) (Thursday, May 26, 2022) and Gilded Mansions of Museum Mile (11168) (Thursday, June 23, 2022), and John Hill's walking tour of Iconic Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park to Central Park (11042) (Thursday, June 9, 2022), which starts by New York's most famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, in front of the library.
Municipal Parks

Having just concluded two separate three-session courses focused on Central Park, Poleman will guide several different tours there, starting with Cleopatra’s Needle, Shakespeare, and Bears in Central Park (11165) on Thursday, April 28, 2022, and Carousels, Taverns, and Strawberry Fields in Central Park’s West Side (11166) on Thursday, May 12, 2022, as well as a summer tour of several of New York City's other celebrated parks, Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, and Stuyvesant Square Park (11169) on Thursday, July 14, 2022 -- all perfect companion classes for those who have attended her online illustrated lectures.

Houses of Worship

On Monday, March 28, 2022, Poleman explores Manhattan’s Historical Houses of Worship (10992). Gain new insights into St. Paul's Cathedral, Temple Emanu-El, Eldridge Street Synagogue and the unfinished St. John the Divine.
Art Deco

Art deco is yet another popular subject within our catalog. This winter, Chicago-based architectural historian, author, and adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University, Kathleen Murphy Skolnik led a fascinating series on Art Deco at Home and Abroad, culminating last Thursday with a look at American examples of skyscrapers, theaters, residences, gas stations, and even aerodynamic-inspired streamlined moderne bus depots and diners.

Next semester, art deco guru Anthony Robins returns for more art deco treasures, including armchair tours of Art Deco New York. The first, on Thursday, March 24, 2022, covers Murray Hill to Grammercy Park (11094) and the second, on Thursday, April 2, 2022, traverses 42nd Street East to West (11097). By popular demand, Robins will also reprise his lavishly illustrated architectural lectures on Broadway Theaters (11095) on Thursday, March 31, 2022, and the Original World Trade Center (11096) on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Architecturally Notable Neighborhoods

Fly out to California on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, for a different strain of art deco in Rick Evans's exploration of Palm Springs, Modernism Capital of the World (11138). Or head a little farther up the west coast on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, for his Secrets of San Francisco's Russian Hill (11140) to wind through streets containing architectural styles of all varieties, including one of only two remaining octagon houses.
Modern Designs of the Present and Future

In Breaking Ground: 12 Female Architects Designing the Future (10950), on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Evans examines 12 of the most prominent female architects who have changed and continue to change skylines around the globe. Continuing looking skyward on John Hill's walking tour of Billionaires' Row, 57th Street from the East River to the Hudson River (11041), for a close-up view on Thursday, May 5, 2002, of some of the tallest luxury residential towers in the world.
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Classes Starting in the Next Two Weeks
All class listings are for the Eastern Time Zone. Course numbers appear in parentheses.
Week of February 13, 2022
  • Architects of America: Charles Bullfinch (1763–1844) of Boston (11020)

Art Appreciation
  • Armchair Tour: Battery Park City (10905)
  • Curator's Perspective on Josephine Nivison Hopper, Edward's Muse at the Edward Hopper House Museum (11081)
  • Artists of the Non Finito: Berthe Morisot (10893)
  • Andy Warhol’s New York City (10949)

Literature, Film, and Television
  • BookTalk with Harriet Sobol: The Wrong End of the Telescope (2021) by Rabih Alameddine (10897)
  • Legendary Comedy of Rob Reiner's Films (10998)

Performing Arts
  • Learn to Play the Ukulele for All Levels (11092)

  • Editing Photos with Your iPhone (10931)
Week of February 20, 2022
Most classes are on hiatus for our February break during the week of President's Day, with the exception of Beginner Canasta (10936) (already in progress) and our recently added single session class:

Literature, Film, and Television
  • Book Discussion: The Lincoln Highway (2021) by Amor Towles (11103)
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