Open House New York’s Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours celebrating the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. Monograph in Motion tours illuminate how larger ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm’s buildings and how those ideas evolve over time across multiple projects.

The next Monograph in Motion explores the work of Beyer Blinder Belle, a firm that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in the wake of the urban renewal movement of the 1960s, Beyer Blinder Belle pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people–their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric. The firm’s contributions to improving and enriching the built environment of New York City are immeasurable, through projects like the restoration of Grand Central Terminal, the vision plan and design guidelines that are helping to revitalize Coney Island, and the expansion and renovation of the Morgan Library & Museum (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), to name just a few.

The breadth of the firm’s work is no more evident than in its participation in OHNY Weekend–with more than twenty projects over the past fifteen years, Beyer Blinder Belle has helped design or restore more OHNY Weekend sites than any other architecture firm in the city. With this Monograph in Motion series, Open House New York is privileged to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beyer Blinder Belle, a firm that continues to shape future of New York.

Scroll down to read more about the list of sites that you can tour with Beyer Blinder Belle as part of this series, or click the image below to visit BBB’s site to hear the partners reflect on the firm’s work.

Click the image above to watch a video about Beyer Blinder Belle. 

 

TOURS

 

Met Breuer

Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00-7:00 PM

Marcel Breuer was at the height of his career when he designed the Whitney Museum in 1966. The integrity, beauty, and honesty of the building’s design, materials, and execution define it as one of the most distinguished examples of mid-century modern architecture in New York. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Senior Associates Brett Gaillard and Miriam Kelly for a tour and discussion of the immersive task of restoring the iconic building – including extensive research and an understanding of Breuer’s approach to design and materials – and transforming it into a space for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit modern and contemporary art.

Tickets
$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on April 27 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 4 at 8am. To purchase tickets, click here.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM

Tour Building 77, the largest structure on the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 300-acre waterfront campus, with Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Elizabeth Leber and Associate Sherrill Moore, joined by Scott Demel, Director of Marvel Architects. Originally built in 1942 as a warehouse for the United States Navy’s operations during WWII, a top-to-bottom rehabilitation has transformed the building into a 21st-century commercial and light industrial hub, with a ground floor marketplace. Tour will include access to upper-floor raw spaces that feature spectacular NYC views, as well as the adjacent BLDG 92, a former 1857 Marine Commander’s house turned visitor center showcasing the Navy Yard’s history and innovations.

Tickets
$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on May 1 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 8 at 8 am. To purchase tickets, click here.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 

 

New York City Hall

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
6:00-7:00 PM

New York City Hall, completed in 1812, is one of the nation’s oldest government buildings still serving its original purpose. Numerous ad-hoc renovations and modifications over the years had compromised the integrity of the landmarked building. A comprehensive and holistic rehabilitation – the first in more than 50 years – incorporated 21st century systems and technology with as light a touch as possible, preserving the historic fabric and spaces. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Richard Southwick for a tour of the revitalized landmark, including the Rotunda, City Council Chamber, and new below-grade spaces.

Tickets
$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on May 8 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 15 at 8 am. To purchase tickets, click here.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 

Photo credits: Met Breuer, Peter Aaron; Building 77 and City Hall, John Bartelstone. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle. All rights reserved.