“Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Gilded Age,” Upcoming Talk at FDU

Madison, NJ (January 26, 2011)—Architectural and social historian, Mosette Broderick, will focus on “Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Gilded Age,” the subtitle of her recent book, “Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White,” in her presentation on 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011 in Lenfell Hall the College at Florham, Fairleigh Dickinson University. 


Broderick’s talk will cover urban history, the transitional period in the U.S. in which McKim, Mead & White flourished, their personalities, and their major works. McKim, Mead & White, was the leading architectural firm in the United States from about 1879 to l914, and completed approximately 1,000 commissions during this period, including major public buildings and monuments such as the Washington Square Memorial Arch, the original Pennsylvania Station, the Boston Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library; the campus of Columbia University; stately residences such as the Villard Houses in New York, and impressive summer shingle-style “cottages” in Elberon, NJ, and gilded mansions in Newport, RI.


In the Morris County area, McKim, Mead & White designed St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, Hurstmont (currently on the NJ Endangered Site list), and Florham, the country estate of Hamilton and Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, and the current site of the College at Florham of FDU.


Mosette Broderick is a professor in the Fine Arts Department at New York University, Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies, and of the M.A. program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. Professor Broderick teaches courses in urban subjects, American and English architecture, and has published widely.


Professor Broderick’s talk is sponsored by the Friends of Florham, a volunteer organization that assists the University in preserving historic elements of the campus.


Professor Broderick’s will sign copies of her book, “Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age.”


This presentation is open to the public. Tickets are $25 at the door. Reception included. Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. For more information contact (201) 692-7008 or McConvil@fdu.edu.


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