The Consulate and the Cultural Services of the Embassy open their doors for Open House New York [fr]
On Saturday October 14, on the occasion of Open House New York (OHNY), come visit the Consulate General of France in New York and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States.
OHNY, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is the largest annual architectural and design event in New York. Across the five boroughs, over 240 sites of cultural significance will be open to the public and will offer tours given by architects, designers, historians and other experts.
A non-profit, the Open House New York organization gives the opportunity to discover New York from a different perspective, to meet those who design, build and preserve the city’s cultural heritage year after year. The conferences that will be organized throughout the weekend will be a chance to exchange about the city’s architectural future, and to reaffirm its culture of openness and diversity.
On this occasion, the Consulate General of France and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are delighted to welcome you on Saturday October, 14.
The Consulate is located at number 934, on mythical Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park. Inspired by Italian Renaissance and 20th century decorative arts, this former mansion was designed by architects Alexander Walter and Léon Gillette, who designed the five-story residence in 1926, at the request of Charles E. Mitchell, a wealthy finance professional.
For OHNY, the Consulate’s three reception rooms, and the office of Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre will be open to the public. Francis Dubois, an expert in French History, and the President of the “Comité Français du Souvenir de Lafayette”, will offer four guided tours (2pm-2:30pm, 2:45pm-3:15pm, 3:30pm-4:00pm, and 4:15-4:45pm).
Created in 1902 by the famous architect Stanford White from McKim, Mead & White, the Cultural Services of the Embassy are located in the Payne Whitney Mansion, a few blocks away from the Consulate. The mansion is a rare and beautiful example of the early 20th century Gilded Age architecture.
For OHNY, Francis Dubois will offer guided tours (10am-10:30am, 11:00am-11:30am, 12:00pm-12:30pm, and 1:00pm-1:30pm). You will be able to admire the marble rotunda in the foyer, to visit the Venetian Room, and the Albertine library on the ground floor, the Marble Room and Ballroom reception spaces on the first floor, along with the office of Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur, and of Deputy Cultural Counselor Hervé Ferrage on the second floor.
The Cultural Services will remain open in the afternoon, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, for individual, free visits. No reservations are required, and light snacks will be offered. This is an opportunity to discover one of the flagship buildings of the French diplomatic services in the United States.