Outside of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, completed in 1959 and designed by Percival Goodman.

On Saturday, May 20th, architectural historian and tour guide Matthew Postal led FRIENDS on a walking tour of some of the Upper East Side’s Modern (and a few Postmodern) buildings. From a post-WWII synagogue designed by Percival Goodman, to a townhouse designed by Paul Rudolph, to a building commissioned by John D. Rockefeller III designed by Philip Johnson to hold a collection of Asian art, the Upper East Side contains an unexpected bounty of buildings from the Modern era. Our group also learned about works by Edward Durell Stone, Robert A.M. Stern, Skidmore & Merrill, and more. This interactive tour sparked discussions on the subtle qualities Modern design and whether these buildings are successful architectural contributions to the neighborhood. It was a fun and thought-provoking tour for all!