Central Park East Side Evening Stroll 



As the weather turns crisp, and the leaves turn colors in early September, what could be more lovely than a guided stroll through Central Park? Join FRIENDS Vice President and seasoned tour guide  David Karabell for a leisurely walk from the southeast corner of Central Park to Bethesda Terrace. As we make our way past the Zoo, the Arsenal, the Lake, and the Mall, we’ll find out how one of the Park’s oldest buildings turned from fortress to museum to weather bureau, explore one of the largest and last remaining stands of American Elm trees in North America, see the first public art commission granted to a woman in New York City, find out why the Park has only one straight thoroughfare, figure out what coconuts have to do with conservation, and meet the most famous poet whose name you’ve never heard.
Monday, September 9th
5:00 p.m. 
Meeting point provided upon registration
Rain or shine
There will be roughly one mile of walking, often on unsure footing. This program is not recommended for those with mobility concerns.
$15 FRIENDS Members, $25 Non-Members.
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
Modern Women: A Lecture



Modernism hit New York with a bang at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, at the 69th Regiment Armory in 1913. The “guiding lights,” and principal financiers, of that stunning event were New York’s female Modern Art patrons. Since then, New York women have continued to play a remarkable role in the creation and exhibition of American Modern Art. In this lecture by art historian Elizabeth Thompson Colleary, we’ll look at New York’s Modern Art scene through the eyes of its female patrons and artists. From Upper East Side collectors like Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded some of the nation’s leading modern and contemporary art museums, to Villagers like Jo Hopper, Lee Krasner and Helen Frankenthaler, we’ll see how the work and vision of New York’s Modern women helped shape the 20th century art world encourage Americans to see the world in a whole new way.
Thursday, September 12th
6:00 p.m. 
New York School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street



This venue is accessible.
$15 FRIENDS Members, $25 Non-Members, Free for NYSID Students and Faculty.
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.



Inside Harkness House: Gilded Age Splendor and Service
Step inside Harkness House, one of New York’s most beautiful surviving Gilded Age homes. Curator Paul Engel will lead us through this architectural treasure at 1 East 75th Street, which the Landmarks Preservation Commission calls “an imposing residence in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo… outstanding not only for excellence of design and beauty of execution, but also for subtle richness of detail.” As we inspect Harkness House’s English, French and Italian-style interiors, we’ll see lovingly preserved details that remain virtually unchanged since the house was completed in 1908, as a wedding gift for Edward and Mary Harkness.  The house never truly left the family, for the building was bequeathed to The Commonwealth Fund, the Harkness family foundation, in 1952. Anna Harkness founded the Commonwealth Fund in 1918, with the mandate that it should “do something for the welfare of mankind.” To this day, the Commonwealth Fund remains one of the world’s leading public health research and policy foundations. As we tour the House’s sumptuous interiors, we’ll see where splendor met service in the Gilded Age.
Saturday, October 5th
10:30 a.m.
Harkness House
1 East 75th Street



Portions of this venue may not be fully accessible. 
$15 FRIENDS Members, $25 Non-Members.
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
Back to Black(well’s): A Book Talk
Join us on Roosevelt Island, just steps from the ruin of James Renwick’s Small Pox Hospital, as Stacy Horn, author of Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York, takes us into the area’s macabre past, sharing insight from her new book. From 1839, when the New York City Lunatic Asylum opened, to 1936 when Damnation Island was finally defunct, Roosevelt Island, then known as Blackwell’s, was home to a host of infamous institutions. We’ll find out how this sliver of land in the East River was filled with prisons, asylums, hospitals and almshouses, hear accounts of those who were held there, and learn how muckrakers and reformers from Charles Dickens to Nellie Bly helped expose the “naked ugliness and horror” of those institutions, beginning a reform movement for compassionate mental health care and social welfare that continues to this day. Further light on that positive shift will be shed by historian Judith Berdy, the President of the Roosevelt Island historical society, who will share the history of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, and its benevolent founder, the Reverend William Glenney French. 
Wednesday, October 30th



6:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island



(Take the Queens-bound F train, or the tram from East 60th Street and 2nd Avenue)
Portions of the venue may not be fully accessible.
$15 FRIENDS and RIHS members, $25 non-members
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
The Central Park: New York’s Greatest 
Treasure Book Talk
Central Park might be the most famous and best loved example of pastoral landscape architecture in the United States, but for Upper East Siders, it’s also our brilliant backyard. If you’ve ever wondered how our extraordinary emerald oasis became a reality, be sure to join us for this illustrated book talk with art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall. Drawing on hundreds of previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the NYC Municipal Archives, Ms. Brenwall’s new book, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure, offers a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park than ever before. In this illustrated lecture, Brenwall will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision.


Thursday, November 7th
6:00 p.m.
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

This venue is accessible.
$15 for FRIENDS and CDA Members, $25 for Non-Members 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
Into the Light: A Tour of the 
Modulightor Building
Photo: Anne Broder, Archives of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation
The Modern architect Paul Rudolph once said that architecture was like music. Fittingly, in his Modulightor Building at 246 East 58th Street, Rudolph created a symphony of light, achieving a harmonious balance of “intricately interwoven spaces.” FRIENDS and The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation invite you to visit the Rudolph-designed Duplex within the Modulightor Building – a set of luminous spaces that are visually & spatially rich, showing Rudolph’s mastery of interior architecture. Paul Rudolph co-founded the Modulightor lighting design company to create the kind of lighting he needed to compliment his own work – and then designed its glowing headquarters in the design district of mid-town Manhattan: a masterwork of high Modernism, embracing compositional complexity and layered space—while also supporting multiple functions. Explore the Duplex’s unique spaces – furnished with unique furniture designed by Rudolph as well as many items from his personal collections.
Thursday, November 21st
6:30 p.m.
The Modulightor Building
246 East 58th Street



Portions of the venue are not accessible.
$15 for FRIENDS Members, $25 for Non-Members 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

Image: Annie Watt, Inc.

will proudly present 


Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels
Thursday, September 26th

6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner  The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street
New York City 

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Barbara and Donald Tober, Co-Chairs
Karen and John Klopp, Co-Chairs

Vice Chairs
Alice and Kevin Concagh · Anne Eisenhower · Mark Gilbertson Jamee and Peter Gregory · Marlene Hess and James ZirinPolly and Peter Millard · Melissa and Chappy Morris · Allison and Peter Rockefeller 
Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson · Bunny Williams

Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels are “ambassadors” of preservation, architectural history and design in every sense of the word. Through individual pursuits and together, they have sought to safeguard and celebrate the built and natural worlds, infusing a spirit of warmth and generosity in their Park Avenue neighborhood and their farms in Millbrook and Aiken.  

Following a career in global public relations at Tiffany & Company, Fernanda became the Founding Chair of the Tiffany Foundation, directing substantial funds in support of the arts, preservation and placemaking, including significant support to the High Line’s revitalization. In 2010 she received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, which recognizes women leaders in conservation. Fernanda continues her stewardship work as a trustee of the World Monuments Fund, and involvement with the Bard Graduate Center and Dutchess Land Conservancy.

As Vice Chairman and Founding Director of Stribling Private Brokerage, Kirk Henckels is at the vanguard in preserving Manhattan’s most prestigious historic properties. Kirk’s lifelong fascination with architecture led him to publish Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings, with co-author Anne Walker in 2017. Kirk is Vice Chair of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, on the board of the Aiken Land Conservancy and recipient of the Clelia Delafield Award for his years of service to the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Lifelong equestrians, Fernanda and Kirk are active with the Millbrook and Aiken Hunts, supporters of the U.S. Equestrian Team and for 25 years hosted the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials, the premier lower-level equestrian event in the country.

Fernanda and Kirk are quintessential New Yorkers, embodying the spirit and sense of community that characterizes the qualities of a neighborhood that Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts seeks to protect and celebrate every day. We are thrilled to salute them with the 2019 Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award.


These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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