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Greek Revival Bicentennial: A Celebration of Our Neighborhoods’ Architectural Heritage
The Greek War of Independence, which began on March 25, 1821, and is celebrated each year throughout Greece and the Greek Diaspora, not only lead to freedom for a people after centuries of foreign domination, it also sparked a renewed interest in Greek architecture in the United States. This first modern democracy looked back towards the first democracy for inspiration, and the result: the “Greek Revival” style of architecture, which came to dominate development in our neighborhoods, east to west, during their formative years of the 1830s through the mid-century, with many fine examples that survive to this day still defining our streetscapes. 

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of that political and ultimately aesthetic revolution with famed architectural historian Francis Morrone as he explores the myriad manifestations of Greek Revival architecture in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and their influence on our neighborhoods’ development. 
 
Co-hosted by the Merchant's House Museum

Mar 31, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Francis Morrone
Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and a writer. He is the author of 13 books including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (with Henry Hope Reed), and architectural guidebooks to Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Morrone is the recipient of the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council and was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.