Open House New York Returns


Open House New York (October 17th – 18th)

Open House New York (OHNY) has released their schedule for 2015 OHNY Weekend. Every October, New York’s most exclusive buildings open their doors to the public.  The weekend is characterized by walking tours, architectural talks, and lots of urban history from prominent speakers.  Check out the cool spaces and tours in Union Square open for this year’s OHNY Weekend (below).  Many of the events and spaces have limited capacity.  Registration begins tomorrow (October 7th) at 11AM from the OHNY Website.


Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Union Square Park (Meets at Abraham Lincoln Statue in front of Evelyn’s Playground)
Saturday, October 17 – 2:00 PM

The Union Square Partnership teamed with Big Onion Walking Tours to create a free, 90-minute walking tour Saturdays entitled Union Square: Crossroads of New York. The tour departs from the Abraham Lincoln Statue located along the 16th Street transverse. With the help of a tour guide, you will explore the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community.

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Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

The New School: University Center
68 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am; 1 pm
Reservations will begin on October 7 at 11 am

Tour the building that has been hailed as “a celebration of the cosmopolitan city” by the New York Times‘ Nicolai Ouroussoff and “a great addition to a great New York institution” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. New School staff and structural engineers will speak to the building’s structural and sustainable features, and discuss how the Center will help set the New York City standard for green technology and building practices. More information.


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Architect: Rice + Lipka Architects, 2008

The New School: Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am6 pm
Sunday, October 18 | 12 pm4 pm
Open access


The center, one of the school’s primary design buildings, aims to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to our contemporary world. On view now is “StereoType: New Directions in Typography,” an exhibit that features typography from artists around the world who depart from conventional typographical approaches by incorporating elements of time, movement, and the third dimension. More information. 


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Architect: Joseph Urban, 1931

New School Auditorium
66 West 12th Street at Fifth Avenue
Sunday, October 18 | 12 pm2 pm


The New School’s original building, now a landmark site, was legendary architect Joseph Urban’s last major structure in New York. Its iconic egg-shaped auditorium has hosted the University’s signature public discussions and performance since its opening in 1931. More information.


Mural by Jose Orozco

Mural by Jose Orozco

New School Art Collection Tour
66 West 12th Street at Fifth Avenue
Sunday, October 18 | 11 am

Get an exclusive look at the legendary murals by Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco on this guided tour. The curator of the New School Art Collection, Silvia Rocciolo, discusses the building’s distinctive 12th Street facade, the visionary design of the Auditorium, and other interior spaces. More information.


Image Credit: Peter Margonelli Photography

Architect: Cetra Ruddy, 2015

12 East 13th Street
12 East 13th Street at Fifth Avenue
Saturday, October 17 | 1 pm; 2 pm


A former parking garage built in the 1930s is being developed by DHA Properties into 8 exclusive loft-style residences. On the tour, you’ll get a first look into the four-bedroom homes, private terraces, and 5,700-square-foot triplex penthouse, which features breathtaking views and ample outdoor space. More information.


Image Credit: Shannon Nallan

Stained glass dome by Donald MacDonald

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South at Irving Place
Saturday, October 17 | 12 pm4 pm


Get inside access into the legendary private clubhouse — Theodore D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower were members. You’ll see the ornately decorated front parlors, which feature pieces from the permanent collection, one of the city’s most beautiful bars, and a 19th-century stained glass cupola by Donald MacDonald. More information. 


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Architect: James Renwick, Jr., 1846

Grace Church
802 Broadway at 11th Street
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am5 pm
Sunday, October 18 | 1 pm5 pm


Grace Church, the 1846 Gothic Revival masterpiece at the corner of Broadway and 10th, was one of the first major projects for architect, James Renwick, Jr. (who was just twenty-three-years-old when he received the commission). The landmark — New York City’s first cruciform plan Gothic Revival building — features work by Renwick, Heins & La Farge, Tiffany and Clayton & Bell. More information.


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Image Credit: Hack Manhattan

Hack Manhattan
137 East 14th Street at 7th Avenue
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, October 18 |10 am6 pm


Hack Manhattan is a member-supported, nonprofit public space dedicated to advancing art, science, and technology. Visitors can use 3D printers, hand tools, machine tools, electronics equipment, and participate in an open community. More information.


Image Credit: Bobby Bradley Photography

Architect: Vorhees, Gmelin & Walker, 1930; Kostow/Greenwood, 2011

Centennial Memorial Temple 
120 West 14th Street at 7th Avenue
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am2 pm


You’ve likely noticed the monolithic Salvation Army building on West 14th Street, which houses the Centennial Memorial Temply. Designed by Ralph Walker, the Art Deco building was constructed in 1929. Today, the 1,350-seat venue hosts celebrations and events from around the world. More information.