Delivered at the New York Historical Society on April 12th, 2016.

An introduction to Right Bank Paris where 17th century planning created a truly beautiful city and 19th century planning created a truly modern one. The belief that a great city is a livable city remains. Paris is known as the City of Light- and it is. But more to the point, it is the City of Life----and that's why we all want to be there.

Produced by Adrian Sas, video producer.

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The Avant/Garde Diaries

The Jefferson Market Courthouse

Barry Lewis fell in love with architecture in 1960s France. Admittedly, one would be hard pressed not fall in love with the architecture of that famed city, in any decade or century. But when he returned to New York, Lewis found a similarly rich – if less celebrated – history in that city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. For The Avant/Garde Diaries, Lewis takes us on a jaunty tour of the famed Jefferson Market Courthouse, a striking building known for exposing its structure of unadorned bright red brick. “Back in the 1870s,” he says, “that was a shocker. It laid down the principle of today’s design: treat your materials with respect.”

Produced by Kitty Bolhoefer / Filmed by Fridolin Schoepper / Editing by Konterfei / Music by Carlos Bruck

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Metropolis Magazine

Sep 27, 2012. Q&A by Susan S. Szenasy, From her blog: Point of View. Five questions Susan asked me about New York...and my answers.

Five questions ranging from history back when, urban design in New York today, places to visit and things to note for first time visitors and long-time residents, the "new" look of the city's urban spaces---and where you can be left alone.

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Barry Lewis is available for lectures, conferences, seminars and other types of speaking engagements.

1 The City Transformed, Part 1, Fall 2017 / New York from Colonial Times to the 1890s
Cooper Union
06:30 PM

Wednesdays, Oct 4 to Nov 29 2017, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Cooper Union; 8 Lectures. NO LECTURE ON WED EVENING NOV 22nd

Registration for Fall 2017 Continuing Education Classes is accessed thru the CU Continuing Ed link listed below.

The Cooper Union switchboard, 1-212-353-4195, is open Mon-Fri 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cooper Union's Continuing Education website: http://cooperunion.augusoft.net. Registration dates will be announced, it will be a 3 week period in September.

New York- its buildings, its planning, its evolution, across every era from colonial times to 1890 when the city was on the cusp of becoming a world capital. We’ll see the metro area grow from tiny trading post to modern industrial city of the Victorian age. Through styles like the Greek Revival, the neo-Gothic, the Italianate and the Arts & Crafts, we’ll understand how each generation inherited, re-built and re-invented this phenomenon called New York. One evening is devoted to the city planning ideals of the times: the “greening” of these burgeoning new metropolises (remember, Brooklyn was an independent city) with parks, parkways and “garden suburbs” we today call “new urbanist communities”.

2 From Colonial Times to the Federal Era
New-York Historical Society
06:30 PM

Architectural historian Barry Lewis takes us on a grand tour of early New York, illuminating how Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the Dutch colony that sprang up around it transformed into the city of New York over the course of 200 years.

3 From the Federal Era to the Civil War: The Modern Metropolis Emerges
New-York Historical Society
06:30 PM

Barry Lewis returns to shed light on the development of New York City from the Federalist Era of the 1780s and 90s—when the new American Republic inspired a light, open architectural style harkening back to Roman villas and Greek temples—to the modern metropolis transforming with the influx of immigrants and industry on the eve of the Civil War.

4 Modernism in the Victorian Era
New-York Historical Society
06:30 PM

Barry Lewis returns for an exploration of the modern movement in the Victorian era, discussing how neo-Gothic, Arts & Crafts and neo-Grec styles were used to create a modern idiom that were the basis for 20th century modern design.