The Columns Club tours Grand Central Terminal; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

The Columns Club consists of supporters ages 21-40 who donate $75 or more annually and are invited to special tours of historic places, archives, and exhibitions.

The Columns Club is an exciting way to engage a new generation of New Yorkers in the Archive Project’s important mission. Founded in 2014, the Columns Club—consisting of young professionals ages 21-40 who donate $75 or more annually—are invited to behind-the-scenes tours of historic sites and archives throughout New York City. These unique experiences have been created to appeal to the wide-ranging tastes of this multi-faceted group. The inaugural event was an after-hours flashlight tour of the nooks and crannies of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, a Dutch Colonial-style structure that is the last remaining farmhouse on the island of Manhattan. The growing troupe of Columnists has taken a private tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and a twilight streetcar visit through Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, ending with wine, cheese and a look through the archives! The group has also explored one of New York City’s greatest icons, Grand Central Terminal, and one of its most secret gems, the Grand Masonic Lodge.

If you are interested in joining this hearty crew of urban explorers, please donate here or contact us with any questions.

Above: The Columns Club tours Grand Central Terminal; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project
Harkness House

Harkness House: A Glimpse into the Gilded Age

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join the Columns Club for an insider’s tour through the fabulous rooms of one of the best surviving examples of NYC’s Gilded Age mansions. 

Of the few Fifth Avenue mansions that escaped the wrecking ball, the Harkness House is unique, says renowned architectural critic Paul Goldberger, because although it has not functioned as a private residence for more the 50 years, “it retains even more of the ambiance of Fifth Avenue’s great houses than do mansions better known to the public, such as the Frick Collection and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.” Described as “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,” the Harkness House and its interiors remain virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Paul Wentworth Engel, Director and Curator of the Harkness House, will lead our tour of the home, which remains in the hands of the Harkness family’s foundation, The Commonwealth Fund. 

Meeting location shared upon RSVP. 

Contact Matthew Coody at [email protected] with questions or to see if your membership is up to date.