1980
The Urban Center

1980

The Urban Center, new home in 1980 of the Architectural League, the New York Chapter of the A.I.A., the Parks Council, Urban Center Books, and the Municipal Art Society, which was responsible for the creation of the Center. Click image to enlarge. Photo: Cervin Robinson

“The notion that four nonprofit organizations concerned with the quality of the architectural environment might share the same quarters, and that these quarters should be in a significant landmark in the middle of the city full of space for meetings and exhibitions, sounds almost too good to be true. Ideas so right are not common in New York – certainly not where real estate is concerned. But that is precisely what has just occurred. Four of the city’s most prominent civic groups…have just taken up residence in one of New York’s greatest 19th-century landmarks, the Villard Houses on Madison Avenue at 51st Street. They jointly occupy the north wing…and their new quarters, named the Urban Center, begins today to function as a meeting center and exhibition space open to the public.” The New York Times, August 16, 1980