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*Due to public health concerns, AIA New York walking tours have been temporarily suspended. Please email with any questions.*

AIA New York offers over 20 different walking tours throughout Manhattan and the boroughs, with a special focus on modern and contemporary architecture. Expert guides, all members of the AIA New York Chapter, walk intimate groups of visitors through some of New York City’s most distinctive neighborhoods, exploring the city’s rich history and stunning new buildings, as well as creative examples of adaptive reuse, urban planning, and development.

Walking tours are currently offered on weekends in April through November. Questions or feedback? Contact

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Upcoming Walking Tours

Thu, Aug 6 5:00 pm

Madison Avenue: High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices, 29 East 61 Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065.

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we discover the history behind Madison Avenue’s landmark buildings, and explore how high fashion retail has been incorporated into the district to create a world famous shopping destination. The area evolved from brownstones built in the 1870s and 1880s to lavish Beaux Arts townhouses by celebrated architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Carrère & Hastings and Ernest Flagg, to luxury apartment buildings designed by Rosario Candela, Emery Roth and others. Since early in the twentieth century, many of those historic residential buildings have been transformed to accommodate prestigious stores. The tour will examine architecture from 1870 to the present on and near Madison in the East 60s and 70s, an area entirely within the Upper East Side Historic District, and consider how landmark designation has preserved the avenue’s distinctive character.

This monthly tour is offered in partnership with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), a public-private partnership established in 1996, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for the community and its visitors. The BID focuses on public safety, sanitation, promotion and advocacy for the district—striving to make Madison Avenue a more attractive and dynamic place in which to shop, live, work and visit.

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA

This tour will be offered on a monthly basis in 2020.

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.


Please note that AIANY walking tours are not ADA accessible. However, since accessibility requirements can vary person to person, please email prior to purchasing your tickets for more information.


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