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August 24, 2010

Spitzer School of Architecture Presents Sciame Fall Lecture Series

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New York's old Pennsylvania Station will be the topic of Lorraine Diehl's September 30 lecture in the Spitzer School of Architecture's Sciame Fall Lecture Series.  (Public domain photograph courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress.  Created by National Park Service.)

“New York, New York: Place, Culture and Urbanity” will be the theme for the Fall 2010 Sciame Lecture Series at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York (CCNY).  The eight-part series, which is free and open to the public, presents authors and prominent architects discussing some of New York’s most iconic buildings and public works, including the Empire State Building, Pennsylvania Station and Rockefeller Center.

The series is sponsored by F.J. Sciame Construction Co.  Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held in Sciame Auditorium in the Spitzer School of Architecture building, 141 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, located at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue.  For information about continuing education credits for New York State licensed architects, call 212-650-7118.  A list of lecture dates, speakers and their topics follows:

September 16: Gail Fenske, professor of architecture, Roger Williams University; The Skyscraper & The City: The Woolworth Building & The Making of Modern New York.

September 23: Carol Willis, founding director and curator of the Skyscraper Museum and professor of urban studies and planning, Columbia University; “Empire State Building: Essential New York."

September 30: Lorraine Diehl, author of “The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station;” “Pennsylvania Station: How Public Spaces Enhance Private Lives.”

October 14: Robert Marino, principal, Robert Marino Architects, and visiting distinguished professor, Spitzer School of Architecture; “City Borne Projects: Works of Robert Marino.”

October 21: Kevin Bone, architecture professor, Cooper Union; “The Secret Life of New York City Water.”

November 4: Samuel White, partner, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects; “McKim, Mead & White and the Classical Ideal.”

November 11: Daniel Okrent, author, “Great Fortune: the Epic of Rockefeller Center;” “Miracle on Fifth Avenue: How Rockefeller Center Happened.”

November 18: Christine Roussel; archivist, Rockefeller Center Archives, “The Art of Rockefeller Center.”

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