Historic Plaque Dedication: James Wall Finn

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Monday October 7

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

16 West 9th Street

This program is part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District! Learn more at gvshp.org/gvhd50. 

The American muralist and decorative artist James Wall Finn was born in New York in 1867.  A graduate of École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he lived for many years at 16 West 9th Street. Finn was a muralist for J.J. Astor, Payne Whitney, and Tiffany Studios, and painted large, spectacular interiors to grace the Hotel Knickerbocker, the Morgan Library, and the New York Public Library, which underwent a 2016 restoration of Finn’s ceiling mural of a sky with rosy clouds. Though the date of Finn’s birth is still debated, his “Irish wit” was widely recognized. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in 1913.  

Join us at his former home for this plaque dedication in partnership with West 9th Street Block Association. We will be joined by Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator at The Morgan Library & Museum.

This is Village Preservation’s fifteenth historic plaque.  Prior plaques have marked the homes of Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Fillmore East, and many others.

This event is sidewalk accessible

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