Fairy Book Suburb on Long Island

Francis Morrone leads the tour of Forest Hills Gardens, phobo by Steve Bass

By the time participants of Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America’s Discover Classical New York tour reached the final stop on Saturday’s walking tour, we had discovered an excellent example of the garden city movement, observed exceptional urban planning, and imagined inventor Guyon Earle’s one-piece kitchen.

Just another typical Institute walking tour with historian and author, Francis Morrone!

Morrone began our tour with stops on Queens Boulevard, including the Ridgewood Savings Bank (Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, 1940) and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R. C. Church (Maginnis & Walsh, 1939). While viewing several 1926 Row House Ensembles by architect Robert Tappan on 75th Road, Morrone declared Atterbury and Olmstead Jr. members of what he called the “Giants of 1870,” a generation of architects and designers whose unique and often unheralded style falls somewhere after the Beaux-Arts and before the modernist movements.

Along the way, Morrone illuminated his thesis with fascinating social history and numerous examples of the genius of the “Giants of 1870.” The tour made stops at Holland House, Forest Hills Gardens Park, the Community Center, Church-in-the-Gardens, The Leslie, West Side Tennis Club (home to the US Open from 1915-1978 and first-ever Beatles concert in 1964), single family homes, and 6 Burn Street (former home to Buckminster Fuller and that one-piece kitchen, referenced above).

Morrone promised the last stop would “change our lives.” Atterbury’s Forest Hills LIRR Station at Station Square, with its echoes of a charming Bavarian village, made the perfect fairy book ending to our tour.

Don’t miss future Discover Classical New York tours with Francis Morrone and be sure to check out The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury by Institute Chairman Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker.



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