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Designing Tenements and Temples: The Herter Brothers
October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tenements are commonplace in many New York neighborhoods, but they’re poorly understood. But through new research and fieldwork, Zachary Violette’s has uncovered surprising facts and narratives about the city’s tenement builders. In his recent book The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age, Violette uses decorative ornamentation as a way to reconsider the role of tenement architects (many of whom had deep roots in immigrant communities) in improving housing for the poor. In this talk, Violette will focus on the Herter Brothers, a duo who were responsible for everyday tenements buildings before they got their first grand commission to build the Eldridge Street Synagogue.