June 19, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jane’s Walk in the Park: Mad. Sq. Park in the Time of Edith Wharton

Join us for a Jane’s Walk in the Park. This walk, titled Madison Square Park in the Time of Edith Wharton–and Today, will be led by architectural historian and writer Francis Morrone.

The great New York novelist Edith Wharton was born half a block from Madison Square Park, at 24 West 23rd, in 1862, and was married half a block from the Park at Trinity Chapel on 25th just west of Broadway. As a girl in the 1860s and 1870s, Wharton spent much of her time in and around the Park. This tour will look at the Park and Madison Square and compare them in their two heydays: the time of Edith Wharton, and today. Along the way, we will clear up the myths surrounding the statue of William H. Seward (dedicated in 1876 when Edith was fourteen), and discuss the 1870s lives of those other literary denizens of who lived near Madison Square Park Square, Herman Melville and Henry James.

Please meet at the William H. Seward Monument in the south west corner of the Park at the 23rd Street and Broadway entrance.

As part of Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100, Madison Square Park Conservancy joins with the Municipal Art Society to celebrate the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs with a series of eye opening walks in Madison Square Park.

About Francis Morrone

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and a writer, and the author of eleven books including “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013) and architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He was for six and a half years an art and architecture critic for the New York Sun, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and NYU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and Travel and Leisure magazine named him one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world.

Photo by Rashmi Gill.

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