Start

Fri

,

Oct 8

3:00 pm

End

Fri

,

Oct 8

4:30 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Tour

Location

Meet at Sakura Park, 3916, 500 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027

Oct

8

Curator Walking Tour – The World in Morningside Heights

Start

Fri

,

Oct 8

3:00 pm

End

Fri

,

Oct 8

4:30 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Tour

Location

Meet at Sakura Park, 3916, 500 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027

Join MCNY fellow Azra Dawood as she explores the history of international communities—and internationalist thinking—in Morningside Heights and adjoining areas. Owing to its famous cluster of educational and religious institutions—such as Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary—by the early-twentieth century the neighborhood was being called New York City’s "Acropolis." A lesser-known part of this story is the presence and significance of foreign-student and diaspora communities and institutions in the neighborhood. How did these groups come to live in Morningside Heights, what is their legacy, who are the people and institutions that facilitated their arrival in the area, and what were their motivations? The tour will cover the histories and architecture of the Rockefeller-funded International Student house (opened in 1924), Sakura Park (the recipient of a gift of cherry blossom trees from the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York) and other sites.

About the Guide:
Azra Dawood is an architectural historian, educator, and curator, whose work focuses on the built environments of the United States. Her research critically engages issues of social engineering, philanthropy, religion, and internationalism. Azra is also trained as an architect. Her academic, architectural, and curatorial careers have spanned Cambridge (MA), Houston, Karachi, and New York City. She holds a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from MIT.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Before registering for this event, please read the below Safety Protocol.
  • You must also sign a tour waiver before attending the tour, which will be sent to you via email in advance.
  • We cannot accommodate any walk-ups for the tour, so please be sure to register in advance.
  • The tour will meet at Sakura Park, at the corner of West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. The tour will be 75 - 90 minutes. Participants should be prepared to walk or stand for the entire time.  

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