Some of the world’s most famous architects built arches, mausoleums, chapels and such at NYC’s Green-Wood Cemetery, and a special architectural walking tour next Saturday highlights their history and contributions, along with the architects who are buried here.
Join architectural historian and expert tour guide Francis Morrone for a rare walking tour that includes the majestic gothic arches by Richard M. Upjohn (Trinity Church downtown) and the chapel by Warren & Wetmore (the architects of Grand Central Terminal).
The tour also includes stops at the final resting places of architects including cast-iron king James Bogardus, who erected the world’s first cast iron building on Manhattan’s West Side, Central Park contributor Jacob Wrey Mould, and more.
Cemeteries aren’t known for their architecture, but NYC Green-Wood Cemetery isn’t your ordinary cemetery. It’s the final home of many world-famous New Yorkers including composer Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), political wheeler-dealer Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets (the Brooklyn Dodgers played in Ebbets Field), pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, stained glass king Louis Comfort Tiffany, newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, Civil War generals and other veterans.
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet inside the main gate ( 25th Street at 5th Avenue , Brooklyn) Via Subway: From the Atlantic/ Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn, take the R train to 25th (Service on the R train between Manhattan and Brooklyn is suspended until October 2014, because of repairs to the under-water tunnels due to Superstorm Sandy.) Walk east one block to Green-Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. There is also free parking if you drive.
COST: The tour is $20 and $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes.