WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Sam White, a partner with Manhattan-based PBDW Architects, admits he'd always been curious about Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains.
That's because his great-grandfather founded the architecture firm McKim, Mead & White, which was responsible for Burke's campus design more than 100 years ago. The firm also designed the original Penn Station, the Washington Square Arch and the Brooklyn Museum, among other notable buildings.
In the lobby now, in fact, as part of Burke's Lobby series, are the original blueprints for the Georgian Revival building which White called works of art. The blueprints, he said, "are ink on linen with just the tiniest lines. That skill is largely lost now; mostly computers do those graphics; they are a bit of a relic."
White spoke to a Burke audience June 3 as part of a continuing "Legacy Lobby Lecture" series that is free and open to the public. His talk, entitled “The Vision of McKim, Mead and White and the Classical Ideal," was held in front of a packed crowd.
White had never been to Burke before and said he was excited to visit as it gave him an opportunity to see something he had long heard about. He was especially taken with the Colonnade as well as the sense of community between buildings.
The next lecture will take place September 2 at 4:30 p.m. and will cover issues relates to spinal cord injury in light of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.
The series of events is part of Burke's celebration of its 100 year anniversary which kicked off in January.
In addition to lectures, the public is invited to view Burke's exhibit in the Centennial Lobby in the Wood Pavilion featuring an array of items from the past and present including an authentic World War I Naval uniform.
For more information on Burke and its centennial celebrations, go to www.burke.org/100years/ .
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