Meet at the northwest corner of Broadway and 47th Street, by Morgan Stanley Building at 1585 Broadway.
The Times Square “bowtie” and the area known as the “Deuce” (42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) today share a remarkably similar energy evident in dazzling signage, renovated theaters, new office buildings, and retail offerings by global brands. But the path to the revitalization of these two distinct but connected locales has been guided by very different notions of how to encourage rebuilding and preservation.
This walking tour explores key elements that have contributed to the transformation of these districts, including zoning, landmark preservation, government‐sponsored redevelopment initiatives, a greater focus on pedestrians, and nostalgia for the glory days of Broadway.
With these key factors in mind, we will explore how architects, designers, restoration specialists, sign‐making companies and urban planners have contributed to the remaking and development of new office buildings and hotels, restored theaters, signage (“spectaculars”), the Broadway pedestrian plaza, and the overall appearance and energy of today’s Times Square.
Don’t miss this brand-new AIANY walking tour, an exciting exploration of the epic transformation of these areas into people‐friendly crossroads, a testament to how plaza design shapes and directs our movement and interactions.
Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.
Guide: Doug Fox
Note: AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Walking tours endorse the initiatives of FitCity – promoting physical activity through design.
As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.
AIANY Architecture Tour Committee