The American Dream:
The Architecture of Central Park South

Tue, Jul 16, 2024

220 Central Park South, Photograph Francis Dzikowski / OTTO, 2021, courtesy of Robert A. M. Stern Architects.

This talk will take place virtually on Zoom. Priority RSVP is given to Museum Members and Corporate Members who can register by emailing [email protected]. Want to become a member? Click here!

Join us for a webinar presentation by RAMSA Partner Michael Jones on the architecture and history of Central Park South. The talk will highlight the vibrant characters who left their mark on this area, including larger-than-life developers from Harry Black in the early 20th century to Steve Ross today, visionary designers such as Emery Roth and Dorothy Draper, and influential socialites such as Truman Capote. The lecture will also explore the architectural features of iconic buildings of Central Park South such as the Hampshire House, the Hotel St. Moritz, and the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and discuss how this historical context influenced the design of the RAMSA projects 15 Central Park West, 220 Central Park South, and 520 Park Avenue.

This program will also be livestreamed to the Museum's Youtube channel. If the event is sold out or you cannot attend in-person, we invite you to join us on Youtube. You do NOT need to RSVP to join the Youtube livestream. As a reminder, all of our online programs are also recorded and archived on our website and YouTube channel.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), has designed many of the firm’s most prominent multifamily residential projects. His projects in New York City include 15 Central Park West, 220 Central Park South, 520 Park Avenue, and multiple apartment houses on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Internationally, he has spearheaded the design of modern classical residential communities in Lima, Peru. Michael is the co-author of the monograph City Living: Apartment Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (2016). He co-founded and chairs RAMSA's Q+ Committee—the office’s LGBTQ+ group that promotes the inclusion and acceptance of the queer community in architecture—and serves as a board member for LongHouse Reserve and The Ali Forney Center.

The video begins with a brief introduction of the speaker by Museum Director Carol Willis. Michael Jones's illustrated talk follows, then a dialogue with Willis.


TALL TIMBER is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

TALL TIMBER is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.