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Downtown Terra Cotta Tour provided by Archive on Parade

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Overview
Before New York’s tallest towers were sheathed in glass, they were clad in clay. Terra-Cotta, or “fired earth,” is an ancient building material made of baked clay, that helped make New York a Modern city. At the turn of the 20th century, terra-cotta became a sought-after fire-proof skin for the steel skeletons of the city’s tallest buildings. Though you’ll find it on some of New York’s most iconic structures, including the Flatiron Building, The Woolworth Building, and the Plaza Hotel, terra-cotta often hides in plain sight, mimicking other materials like granite or carved wood. On this tour of Lower Manhattan, we’ll uncover some of city’s earliest terra-cotta structures. Along the way, we’ll see the tallest terra-cotta structure in the world and find out how this stunningly versatile material moved from monochrome to multi-colored, and helped shift the city from Beaux-Arts beauty to Art Deco splendor!
Important Information
Departure Point
Potter Building, 35 Park Row, New York, NY 10038, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
This May Sting, 55 Liberty St, New York, NY 10005, USA
Inclusions
  • Professional historian guide
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Potter Building
  • Entry/Admission - Woolworth Building
  • Entry/Admission - Flatiron Building
  • Entry/Admission - The Plaza - A Fairmont Managed Hotel
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Key Details
  • Park Row, Potter Building, and 3 more
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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