Sunday, February 12, 2023

 Weekday Sketchers at Surrogates Court 

New York Architecture Images- Surrogate's Court/ Hall of Records

Is it possible that M C Escher got his idea for his famous staircase from the Surrogate Court's lobby? 

Escher's Relativity.jpg

Join us this week as we explore the intricate lobby of the NY Surrogates Court. This beautiful Beaux Arts building's has been the setting in many movies and TV programs (think about Law & Order's opening scene).  With its many intertwined staircases, arched balconies, mosaics, glass ceiling and marble columns, there will be plenty to sketch.....if you can untangle it all!

Added Bonus:  FYI. The NYC Archives is located in this building.  Usually there is an interesting display in the office.

Photos at New York County Surrogate's Court - Courthouse in New York

If the weather cooperates, (forecast is for sunny and mid 60's) we will be able to sketch the facade of the building with its French Chateau influence, statues and adornments. 



                        31Chambers Street
                        Corner of Chambers and Center Streets

TRANSPORTATION: R,W to City Hall, M, J, Z to Chambers St 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Water and bathrooms are available 
  • Bring a stool
  • It might be dark in the lobby for sketching. Bring a headlamp if you can.
  • There is no food service in the building. Bring lunch or purchase something along the way.
  • We will likely gather for lunch and show and tell outside the building (weather permitting) 

A big thank you goes out to Sylvie Mitchel for suggesting this location!


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