An illustrated talk based on “From Factories to Palaces,” the
recently published book on Charles B.J. Snyder by the late Jean Arrington
Presented by Cynthia Skeffington LaValle, great-granddaughter of the architect, together with Michael Janoska
Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm via Zoom, Register Below
Charles B.J. Snyder, Superintendent of NYC School Buildings from 1891-1922, was among the visionaries of the Progressive Era. He believed in schools as transformative civic monuments, providing a positive way forward for the countless children who arrived with massive waves of immigration. His grand school buildings were a dramatic contrast to the bleak living conditions these students often endured.
Called “a forgotten genius,” Snyder designed 408 schools and additions throughout New York City, with the highest concentration in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Our speakers will present an illustrated tour of Snyder’s schools, discussing their highly distinguished architectural elements as well as their educational innovations.