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General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in Manhattan (photograph by Luke Redmond/Flickr user)

Want to get to know New York City architecture better, from its 18th century past to modular present? Each day of October a city building is being featured, with a tour to take you into its design and history.

The “Building of the Day” tours are part of Archtober, presented by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Architecture. As its portmanteau name would suggest, Archtober, now in its third year, is a festival filling October with events, exhibitions, and programming around architecture and design.

Van Cortlandt House Museum (photograph by the author)

You can check out recaps from the Building of the Day visits that have already occurred on the Archtober blog, such as a stop at the Guggenheim Museum that included Christopher Wool installing his art for the upcoming exhibition, a hard hats-required tour of the new expansion of the Queens Museum of Art, and Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx, which dates to 1748. Sure, it’s not the most underground of NYC architecture (speaking of which, some visits to the subway infrastructure would be awesome for a future addition), but it’s a pretty cool reminder of the diversity of architecture in the city that is constantly developing into new purposes or maintaining its history while the world shifts around it.

If you’re just getting into the Archtober loop, fear not, the month is not over. Buildings of the Day yet to come include the new Lakeside Center at Prospect Park this Wednesday, October 23. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, it’s part of the revitalization of the whole lakefront into a design that merges restoring the original vision of Olmsted & Vaux while maintaining community use. There’s also the United Nations with a focus on its Capital Master Plan in Manhattan on Friday, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts with WORK Architecture Company on Saturday. Perhaps most intriguing is a look on October 29 at the new Modular Beach Structures designed to be flood-proof by Garrison Architects, which have popped-up this year on the NYC beaches. It all concludes with Sean Kelley Gallery in Chelsea, designed by Toshiko Mori.

Even if you don’t make it out to a tour, the list of the Buildings of the Day is worth checking out for independent architecture exploring ideas.

New York City Center, an Archtober Building of the Day (photograph by Scott Beale/Flickr user)

Structure in Socrates Sculpture Garden (the installations were included as part of the Archtober Buildings of the Day) (photograph by Karl Steel/Flickr user)

New York City Hall (through the trees), an Archtober Building of the Day (photograph by Shawn Hoke/Flickr user)

Building of the Day continues with Archtober throughout New York City through October 31. 

Allison Meier

Allison C. Meier is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from Oklahoma, she has been covering visual culture and overlooked history for print and online media since 2006. She moonlights...