Skyscraper Museum presents Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District

The Skyscraper Museum presents Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District an exhibition on view through October 31, 2013.

Bricken Textile Building, Buchman & Kahn. Photo: Architectural Forum, June 1930, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum.

Bricken Textile Building, Buchman & Kahn. Photo: Architectural Forum, June 1930, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum.

Once home to the largest concentration of skyscraper factories in the world and more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs, New York’s historic Garment District has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, but remains one of the city’s most authentic neighborhoods. Constructed almost entirely in the boom decade from 1921-1931, the “Art Deco” district contains more than 125 stepped-back “loft” buildings that took the pyramidal forms dictated by the city’s then-new zoning law.

The Skyscraper Museum presents a FREE exhibition on the architecture and urban history of the Garment District in a pop-up space at 1411 Broadway. The installation reprises the exhibition The Skyscraper Museum originated last year in its lower Manhattan gallery.

The guest curator for the exhibition is Andrew S. Dolkart, the James Marston Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Call 212.968.1961 for information on upcoming lectures, exhibitions, walking tours, and membership or visit www.skyscraper.org

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