Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft

In 1875, George B. Post and Peter B. Wight designed the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn with exquisite interior decorations of tiling and mosaics, patterned wallpapers, a frescoed dome, carved wood and stone, and bronze and gilt work. After years of decay and decline, the building — which has been designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — has been magnificently restored and re-opened as event venue Weylin B. Seymour’s.

On September 20th, the League hosted the 2014 Beaux Arts Ball at Weylin B. Seymour’s. The theme of this year’s Ball, Craft, celebrated the importance of artisanship and the concert of allied disciplines in creating great works of architecture. The building’s interiors served as inspiration for nine architects and designers, who with Nuit Blanche New York projected digital interpretations of its motifs and details, celebrating the craft and art of architecture.

In anticipation of the event, and in keeping with the theme of Craft, we released excerpts from nine interviews with many of the artisans, specialists, architects, designers, and other key players in the restoration of this remarkable building along with a brief history of the building and its design. 

Published: September 8-19, 2014.