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The Office for Metropolitan History and the Legacy of Christopher Gray

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

B&W Photo of 140-152 West 72nd Street by Lloyd Acker

n 1975, architectural educator, researcher, and writer Christopher Gray founded the Office of Metropolitan History as a repository and resource on the architectural history of New York City buildings.

Today, that legacy is overseen by Sam Hightower, building detective, blueprint wrangler, and the Director of the OMH. Hightower gifts all fans of NYC architectural history this special evening, beginning with a rare insider’s virtual view of some of the OMH’s archive of 18,000 photographs, 40,000 photographic negatives and 8,000 architectural drawings, many dating back to the late 19th century.

We’ll then be treated to a journey of architectural discovery as Hightower walks us through the research behind some of Gray’s beloved New York Times “Streetscapes” columns of Upper West Side buildings. Bonus: a sneak peak into Hightower’s soon-to-launch Substack newsletter, “Met Misc,” that will revisit Gray’s writing and research, highlight gems in the OMH archives, and much more.


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