SPOTLIGHT: Victorian Society in America: Metropolitan Chapter

The Victorian Society in America was founded in 1966 and is dedicated to enriching the appreciation of the country's nineteenth and early twentieth century history (1837 - 1917). The Metropolitan Chapter is the oldest independent chapter among the nation's many. Traditionally its focus has been on the architecture and heritage of the Victorian era throughout the five boroughs and surrounding area. 

"Margot Gayle's Tribeca" Walking Tour (2014)
Photo by James Russiello

The Chapter, also known as the Victorian Society New York, uses public programming and education to involve the public. They provide free lectures given by experts associated with architecture, landscape, literature, fine arts, and cultural history, Neighborhood walks and tours of historic sites and private homes are also offered within and surrounding the city, including the Hudson River Valley, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Long Island. Funds raised through these programs and events help support scholarships for individuals to attend the National Victorian Society Summer Schools in the United States and England. 

Advocacy and promotion of the preservation of historic districts, individual landmarks, interiors, and civic art associated with the late 19th and early 20th centuries also keeps the organization deeply involved in the New York community. Past successful campaigns include Sailors Snug Harbor, Jefferson Market Library, SOHO-Cast Iron Historic District & Extension, and the Ladies' Mile Historic District.

WSNY Tour of Matthew Vassar's Poughkeepsie (2013)
Photo by James Russiello

If you are interested in the Victorian era and would like to become involved or see upcoming programs being offered, you can visit its website.

The Victorian Society in America: Metropolitan Chapter is among the Neighborhood Preservation Center's groups that currently have a virtual office (since 2007). For a full list of current groups, please visit our website.