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The beautiful five-story townhouse at 128 East 63 Street is home to the Society of Illustrators. Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell.
The carriage house was first built for JP Morgan’s personal secretary, William P. Read in 1875. The Society purchased the building in 1930 for an estimated $33,000, which would be close to $500,000 today. Socially connected architect, Leo “Sport” Ward managed the renovations to the building in exchange for living quarters and archival photographs show that he entertained Gloria Swanson and Joseph P. Kennedy along with others in his living room. The original façade of the building was blue cobalt glass, which proved unsurprisingly too expensive to maintain over time and was eventually covered over. A library, member’s lounge, dining room and bar were added to the building along with galleries to showcase exhibits.
Today, the building hosts not only many Society membership activities, but also lectures, drawing opportunities for professional and students, art competitions, publications and gifts, beautiful and informative exhibitions and more, all in service to the art of illustration. Their permanent collection houses 2,500 pieces and in 2012 the MoCCA Gallery was created to focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art. I recommend checking out the following two current shows: Brenda Starr, Reporter: The Art of Dale Messick & Excelsior: The World of Stan Lee. You won’t be disappointed.
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