Museum of the city of new york - elegance in the sky

Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela

The Museum of the City of New York introduces its newest exhibition, Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela. 

While most of us never look up to view the city’s iconic buildings, some of New York’s distinctive pre-war apartment buildings have endless stories to tell. Elegance in the Sky – the new exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York – tells the remarkable story of how Rosario Candela, an immigrant architect from Italy, contributed to the city’s famous streets in the 19th century.

Museum of the city of New York - Exhibition Elegance in the Sky

It’s hard to imagine anything other than apartment-living in New York now, but the city was once filled with grand mansions and private townhouses. Changing the landscape of the city, Rosario Candela created luxury residential buildings with enough space to make New York’s wealthiest residents move from their private homes to the “mansions in the sky.” Although Candela was considered an influential architect at the time, his buildings – located on the famous Fifth and Park Avenues, and Sutton Place – still rank among the most prized in the city.

Museum of the city of New York - Elegance in the Sky exhibition

If you’ve ever wanted a peek into the historic homes right opposite Central Park, the exhibition Elegance in the Sky highlights the interiors (and exteriors) of Candela’s buildings, featuring photographs, digital animation, domestic furnishings and much more.

Elegance in the Sky is on view at The Museum of the City New York, from May 17 until May 28, 2018.

The Museum of the City New York, 1220 5th Ave, NY 10029

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