George Post’s Grotesques

Date: Jun 3, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bernardsville Library

This presentation will take place on Zoom and will also be recorded for viewing after June 3 on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Local historian W. Barry Thomson will give an illustrated presentation about the grotesques (fanciful or fantastic human and animal sculptures) that were designed some 120 years ago by the architectural firm of George B. Post & Sons for the new Collegiate Gothic-style campus in upper Manhattan of the College of the City of New York. Small plaster models were first designed for the more than 600 large-scale grotesques that were fabricated in terra cotta and installed on the college buildings. Some of these plaster models were later placed by Post around the cornice of the library in his new (ca. 1905) Claremont mansion in Bernardsville. Mr. Thomson purchased fourteen additional plaster models which had been stored at Claremont until 2012 when the contents of the mansion were auctioned off following the death of the last Post family descendant to own the house. Click here to register and we will send you a link on the day of the program.