Thursday, April 21, 2016

SATURDAY: Sketch Old and New

The Cooper Union

Photo by By I, DavidShankbone

Photo of Abraham Lincoln
 taken February 27, 1860
in New York City
by Mathew Brady,
the day of his famous
Cooper Union speech
Cooper Union's original older building is an Italianate brownstone building. It was the first structure in New York City to feature rolled-iron I-beams for structural support.  The building was the first in the world to be built with an elevator shaft, because Cooper, in 1853, was confident an elevator would soon be invented. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and a New York City Landmark in 1965.

On February 27, 1860, the school became the site of an historic address by Abraham Lincoln on the question of federal power to regulate and limit the spread of slavery to the federal territories and new States. The Cooper Union speech galvanized support for Lincoln and contributed to his gaining the Party's nomination for the Presidency.

Photo: By Beyond My Ken

41 Cooper Square completed in 2009, stands in stark contrast to the original building.  It is one of the architecturally greenest buildings in the city.

Also highly sketch-able within one block
-  The Astor Place Subway Station is among the original 28 subway stations and a Registered Historic Place in NY.
-  The Astor Library is one of the original libraries making up the
-  New York Public Library. Housed inside the Astor Library Building  home to Joseph Papp’s Public Theater,

What:  Sketching Old and New at The Cooper Union

When:  Saturday starting at 11 AM

Where:   Start at 30 Cooper Sq - Meet at the old building on the corner of East Eighth Street and Lafayette St.

  By Subway.  The #6 train to Astor Place or the N, R train to 8th St - NYU, are both very close.

Lunch:  12:30 - Bring your own or opt for street food and street dining

Afternoon:  1:30  Back to sketching.  Until 3 PM

-   There will be no Show and Tell this week, but we will have a quick throw down to share our work
-   Bring a stool if you have one.
-   Nice sunshine if forecast - bring a hat and water.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

1 comment:

  1. There's quite a bit of construction around the area, particularly on the street between the two Cooper Union buildings. It will be difficult to get a good view of the buildings' lower floors from across the street; if you're on same sidewalk, it's okay.


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