Author Talk via Zoom: William J. Hennessey, Author of Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park

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Architectural historian William J. Hennessey will discuss his book, Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park, an in-depth exploration of architecture along one of the world’s most iconic streets: New York City’s fabled Fifth Avenue. Through six fact-filled walking tours, this accessible illustrated guide takes readers along the entire length of Fifth Avenue, studying its architecture block by block, building by building, offering the chance to discover exceptional and unusual structures in Greenwich Village, Midtown, the Upper East Side and Harlem.

Fifth Avenue, written as both a fireside and curbside read, is essential for the curious architecture lover touring the New York City streets as well as anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of the historic, social and economic forces that shaped Fifth Avenue’s growth and character.

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William J. Hennessey is an architectural historian who has taught at Vassar College, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan, and directed the art museums at each of these institutions. From 1997 to 2014 he was director of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hennessey is the author of catalogs and articles on a wide range of art and design topics, including 19th century architecture and 20th century industrial design. He also wrote the monograph Russel Wright: American Designer and Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History, a tour of Manhattan from the Battery to the Harlem River.


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