Stoops to Conquer: The Evolution of the New York Townhouse

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Tuesday April 23

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

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Salmagundi Arts Club
47 Fifth Avenue

Reception begins at 6pm, presentation at 6:30pm

New York City in the popular imagination may be defined by the skyscraper, but in reality our city’s landscape is dominated by a grid plan that minced most blocks into a staggering number of narrow lots. These produced entire neighborhoods of narrow residential buildings, making the townhouse the true vernacular architecture of the city.

As we prepare for GVSHP’s Annual Benefit House Tour in May (, join architect Richard Sammons as he traces the origins and evolution of the ever-present townhouse in New York City. Townhouses give so many historic neighborhoods their charm, but what are the weaknesses of the form? And how can modern architects and city-dwellers improve upon this classic architectural style to bring the economical, adaptable, and sustainable townhouse into the 21st century?

Richard Sammons is a principal at Fairfax & Sammons Architects, whose offices are in New York and Palm Beach. Richard is an award-winning designer, having designed and rehabilitated dozens of townhouses in his career. His is a perspective of the New York townhouse from an inside view.

Presented in partnership with the Merchants House Museum.

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