How the Architectural Walking Tour Built the Preservation Movement

Luna Park, Coney Island ca 1910; LOC Flickr The Commons

Luna Park, Coney Island ca 1910; LOC Flickr The Commons

Learn how walking tours helped pave the way for the Landmarks Law of 1965.

Historian and journalist Francis Morrone, author of The Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, discusses the history of the walking tour. Learn how the first walking tours in the 1950s sponsored by The Municipal Art Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Brooklyn Heights Association made the public aware of the city’s historic architecture.

Mr. Morrone discusses the European background of the New York walking tour, the pioneering uses of walking tours by architectural historians such as Henry Hope Reed, Clay Lancaster and Margot Gayle, and Morrone’s own experiences as a leader of some 1,500 walking tours.

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Sady Sullivan

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Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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