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Lectures from the Allen Room and the Wertheim Study: The Rise of the New York Skyscraper


December 14, 2011

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The skyscraper is America’s gift to world architecture and New York City is the city of skyscrapers.  Some of the most iconic buildings of our time—Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and World Trade Center-- are the icons of our dynamic city.  This lecture explores how New York City skyscrapers responded to the technological advances of the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the events of 9/11 created new concerns for the shape and security of new skyscrapers.

A writer in residence in the Library's Wertheim Study, Seth Gopin was known to several generations of Rutgers University students for his dynamic lectures on the history of art. The intertwining of art, history, and culture fascinates him and this is conveyed in all his lectures.  His current interest is in the architecture and urban development of New York and Paris. The Prime Minister of France knighted him for his groundbreaking work in popularizing the history of the city of Paris.

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