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Open House New York 2017

On Saturday, October 14, come visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Consulate on the occasion of Open House New York (OHNY)!

Joining more than 240 sites across the five boroughs the Cultural Services and the Consulate, both housed in historic Fifth Avenue mansions on Museum Mile, will offer guided tours on Saturday, October 14, on the occasion of OHNY.

Tours will give visitors a rare opportunity to see hidden corners of the buildings that are not generally open to the public, while learning about the rich architectural history of the two sites. They will be led by Francis Dubois, President of the Comité français du souvenir de Lafayette.


Tours will take visitors through the first three floors of the French Embassy's Payne Whitney Mansion, a rare example of Gilded Age architecture in New York.

Highlights include a replica of the Young Archer, attributed to Michelangelo in 1997; the Venetian Room, which features an exquisite handcrafted porcelain flowers and European antique furniture; Albertine Books, the French bookstore located within the Cultural Services, with interiors conceived by acclaimed French designer Jacques Garcia that includes a hand-painted mural on its second floor; the gilded, mirrored doors of the Marble Reception Room and adjacent Ballroom; Autumn(1902), an original stained glass window by John La Farge, American painter, muralist, and stained glass window-maker; and Artists’ Time, a selection of works by France-based artists Davide Balula, Gilles Barbier, Valérie Belin, Marc Desgrandchamps, Thomas Fougeirol, Emmanuel Régent, Sophie Ristelhueber, Barthélémy Toguo, Jacques Villeglé, and Marine Wallon, currently on loan from members of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art network.

LOCATION: 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), New York, NY 10075
TIME: 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Tours are 30 minutes long
COST: Registration will be available at the OHNY website; a $5 registration fee will be charged.


The Cultural Services of the French Embassy will host an open house from 2pm to 6pm. During this time, the first, second and third floors of the Payne Whitney Mansion will be open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the mansion at their own pace. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

LOCATION: 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), New York, NY 10075
TIME: 2pm-6pm
COST: Free.


At the French Consulate (located 934, Fifth Avenue) tours will begin in the afternoon, from 2pm to 4:15pm. Highlights of this tour include the office of the Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre, as well as the Salon Rose, Salon Cheminée and Salon Chapelle reception rooms on the second floor which feature sumptuous pink tapestries, shimmering chandeliers, black and white hardwood flooring, and marble floor and walls.

LOCATION: 934 Fifth Avenue (bet. 74th and 75th Street), New York, NY 10021
TIME: 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, and 4:15pm. Tours are 30 minutes long
COST: Registration will be available at the OHNY website; a $5 registration fee will be charged.

About Open House New York
Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of historic and contemporary design and planning throughout the five boroughs and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit ohny.org.

About Francis Dubois
Born in Alsace, France, Francis Dubois spent his career working for the United Nations Organization in Uganda, New York, and Palestine, attaining a rank of UN Ambassador in Iraq, Algeria and Tunisia. He is an active member of several non-governmental organizations, including the Paris American Club and the Francophone Cultural Association of the United Nations, and he is president of the Comité du Souvenir Lafayette in New York. Presently, he is the Coordinator of the French Committee at the National Arts Club in  New York, an institution that promotes artists, who are, in his words, "true messengers of Peace.”