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Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 6:30pm
Lecture: 'Balloonomania' Belles, Susan Wright
6 Fitzroy Square, London

During the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Europe was gripped by ‘Balloonomania’, a craze for hot air balloons which originated in France and soon spread across the Channel to England. Although limited by the conventions of the time, women managed to be in the vanguard of development in balloon flight. In this talk, writer, editor and columnist Sharon Wright will tell the stories of the daring women of the Georgian era who joined the quest for spectacle, danger and adventure in the sky and found freedom in the clouds when there was little to be found on the ground.

£10 per person (including wine). Book at georgiangroup.org.uk. Questions? Contact Tina Graham in London, at tina@georgiangroup.org.uk or 011-44-207-529-8924.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018, 6:00pm
10th Annual Georgian Group Preservation Award Presentation
The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Ave. (at 64th Street)

The American Friends of the Georgian Group invite you to the 10th Annual Georgian Group Preservation Award Presentation, where we will honor Simeon Bankoff and Paul Goldberger.

Simeon Bankoff is a notable preservation activist, who has led the Historic Districts Council for nearly 18 years. His entire professional career has focused on historic preservation in New York, including land use, zoning, affordable housing, and adaptive reuse. He thus is a distinguished expert on the city’s built environment and at the forefront of New York City’s historic preservation movement. In addition, he serves as the Historic Districts Council’s spokesperson, and works closely with the Board of Directors and Advisers to formulate the organization’s strategic direction and policy.

Before joining the Historic Districts Council, Mr. Bankoff was senior staff at the Historic House Trust of New York City, where he coordinated programmatic oversight of more than 20 historic house museums throughout the five boroughs; he also worked for the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.

He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Master of Historic Preservation from the Pratt Institute.

Paul Goldberger is a familiar face in the world of architectural history and preservation. He is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, being called “the leading figure in architecture criticism in the Huffington Post. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School.

Prior to this, he spent 14 years as an Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s ‘Sky Line’ column. He also has served as the Dean of the Parsons School of Design, and wrote for the New York Times. For his work he has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism while at the Times.

This distinguished journalistic and academic career has been enhanced by his work as author of several books, recently including ‘Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry’ and ‘Why Architecture Matters;’ as well as his work as a lecturer on architecture, design, historic preservation, and cities across the country. He also frequently can be seen on film and television discussing these topics.

Mr. Goldberger is a graduate of Yale University, and received numerous honorary PhDs.

$45 for AFGG members and non-members

$25 for American Young Georgians

To pay online, click on links above. Please note that PayPal charges a fee for its services.
Alternatively, you may mail a check to the AFGG office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 506, New York, NY 10036

Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 10:00am – 5:15pm
Symposium: The Architecture of James Gibbs
The Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Picadilly, London

Following successful conferences sponsored by the Group in previous years on John Nash and the Adam Brothers, the Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on the work of James Gibbs (1682–1754). Born in Scotland and trained in Rome, Gibbs was one of the most important British architects of the eighteenth century, responsible for such well-known buildings as the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, and for many other commissions, both public and private, throughout the British Isles. He also published one of the most influential of all eighteenth-century architectural pattern books, as a result of which his influence spread throughout the worldwide British diaspora. Drawing upon recent research, the symposium will reassess, and throw new light upon, his achievement and its significance for the understanding of Georgian architecture.

The symposium will be held from 10am to 5.15pm, and will be led by Dr Geoffrey Tyack, editor of the Georgian Group Journal. Speakers will include leading authorities on eighteenth-century British architecture and decorative art—among them Andrew Martindale, Peter Guillery, Richard Hewlings, Charles Hind, Hugh Petter and Alec Cobbe—and younger scholars. There will be papers on Gibbs's Scottish background and his training in Rome; his work in London; his university buildings in Oxford and Cambridge; his country houses in both Britain and Ireland; his contribution to interior design, with special reference to plasterwork; his transatlantic influence; his portrait busts; and his relevance to the classical architecture of our own day.

Following the symposium there will be a reception at the church of St Peter, Vere Street (just north of Oxford Street), built to Gibbs's designs in 1721–4, with superb plasterwork by the Swiss-Italian plasterers Artari and Bagutti.

Cost: £50 per person (£25 for students), including buffet lunch and reception.

Please book online at georgiangroup.org.uk, or click here for the registration form.

October 8th – 12th, 2018
Great Country Houses & Gardens in Northamptonshire

The October trip to Northamptonshire will be a magnificent visit to an area rich in outstanding country estates. Among the highlights of this trip will be a gala dinner at Althorp, Earl Charles Spencer's home.

Click this link to access the
2018 AFGG Northamptonshire Tour Brochure

Many of the details of the trip are included in the brochure, but don't hesitate to contact our office or Tina Graham in London for answers to specific questions, tina@georgiangroup.org.uk, T: 011-44-207-529-8924

Please note, participants must be current members of the American Friends of the Georgian Group.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018, 6:30pm
Lecture: Wentworth Woodhouse, Peter Brown
The Colonial Dames of America, 417 East 61st Street

Peter Brown gives an engaging presentation on the rescue and reimaging of Wentworth Woodhouse, a restoration that is the result of joint effort by the Georgian Group and others over the last 20 years.

The historic home, now administered by a newly-created preservation trust, was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as “one of the greatest buildings of the Georgian age, with interiors of exceptional value.” Built and decorated by one of England’s most prominent Whig families, the Marquises of Rockingham and Earls Fitzwilliam, the house was commissioned by leading firms of the day.

Using family papers, as well as drawings from Lord Burlington’s practice and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, this talk will reimagine the splendor of this house and highlight the challenges facing the newly-created trust.

$45 for AFGG members
$55 for non-members
$25 for American Young Georgians

To pay online, click on links above. Please note that PayPal charges a fee for its services.
Alternatively, you may mail a check to the AFGG office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 506, New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, 6:00pm
Brian Coleman Lecture - The Art of Luxury Linens
The Colonial Dames of America, 417 East 61st Street

Take a peek inside private homes and gardens to see why D. Porthault has been the favored French luxury linens brand for nearly one hundred years. Tour old-world classic and contemporary decors in the US and France as you read the story of the Porthault company and explore its design and production ateliers.

Brian D. Coleman MD divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal where he is the editor-at-large to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of twenty books on the decorative arts including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Fortuny Interiors.

$45 for AFGG members
$55 for non-members
$20 for American Young Georgians

To pay online, click on links above. Please note that PayPal charges a fee for its services.
Alternatively, you may mail a check to the AFGG office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 506, New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, 6:00pm
Georgian Salon
Philip Colleck, Ltd., 311 East 58th Street

As AFGG celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of the famed Georgian furniture designer Thomas Chippendale, we will discuss his shift from working in the spectacular Rococo style to the newly fashionable Neo-Classical or "Antique" style. By joining forces with the prominent Georgian architect Robert Adam, Chippendale reinterpreted the language of classicism in a uniquely personal manner in a quest for a "modern" style.

$65 for AFGG members
$40 for American Young Georgians

To pay online, click on links above. Please note that PayPal charges a fee for its services.
Alternatively, you may mail a check to the AFGG office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 506, New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, December 12th, 6:00 pm
The AFGG Holiday Party and Annual General Meeting
The Baker House, 67 East 93rd Street

The AFGG holiday party and annual general meeting again will be hosted at the beautiful George F. Baker House in Carnegie Hill, the highest point in Manhattan. As we celebrate the holidays and prepare to usher in 2019, we will have the opportunity to explore this immaculately preserved townhouse, designed by Delano and Aldrich for one of New York's most important bankers in the 1920s. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust is based in this building, an organization founded by Richard Jenrette, who passed away this year.

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