American Modernism and its effect on midtown architecture.

This tour goes beyond the iconic

Along a stretch of midtown Manhattan streets less than a mile in length stand some of the most important buildings in the country. In this compact area, the world's most influential architects gave birth to American Modernism, built its undisputed triumphs, and sang its swan songs. The story hinges on four Modern landmarks: the United Nations Headquarters (1952), Lever House (1952), the Seagram Building (1958), and to a lesser degree, the Pan Am Building (1963). It seeks to explain why our buildings look the way they do, and why they could only have appeared this way right here in New York City.

The tour is led by an architecture aficionado who has been giving architecture tours in NYC for 10 years.



Tour can be easily customized.

We can also include some fun food and beverage stops to refuel along the way.

Option to include other area like Grand Central, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Central Park, Upper West Side, Lower East Side, Soho, Financial District, etc.


From $30 per person

Tour Length: 2-4 hours on foot, by vehicle or via subways -- your choice!

Includes licensed and experienced tour guide.

Very flexible availability.
Contact us to schedule.

What is American Modernism?

American modernism, much like the modernism movement in general, is a trend of philosophical thought arising from the widespread changes in culture and society in the age of modernity. American modernism is an artistic and cultural movement in the United States beginning at the turn of the 20th century, with a core period between World War I and World War II. Like its European counterpart, American modernism stemmed from a rejection of Enlightenment thinking, seeking to better represent reality in a new, more industrialized world.