An Architectural Portrait of New York's Largest and Most Diverse Borough
The borough of Queens has long been celebrated as the melting pot of America. It was the birthplace of North American religious freedom in the seventeenth century, hosted two World’s Fairs in the twentieth, and is currently home to over a million foreign-born residents participating in the American experience. In 2013, Spanish-born artist and architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri began to paint a portrait of the “World’s Borough”—not with images of its diverse population, or its celebrated international food scene, but with photographs of its highly idiosyncratic housing stock. While All the Queens Houses is mainly a photography book celebrating the broad range of housing styles in New York City’s largest and most diverse county, it is also a not-so-subtle endorsement of a multicultural community that mixes global building traditions into the American vernacular, and by so doing breathes new life into its architecture and surrounding urban context.
About the Author
Rafael Herrin-Ferri is a Spanish-born architect and artist living in Woodside, Queens. He received a B.Arch from Cornell University in 1996 and worked in several architectural studios in San Francisco and Barcelona before settling in New York in 2003. His longstanding interest in vernacular architecture led him to initiate an independent photographic survey of his home borough in 2013 titled "All the Queens Houses".
Paperback | 272 pages
Join us for a book talk, signing and reception with Rafael Herrin-Ferri to celebrate All the Queens Houses on May 1st at 3 pm at Queens Museum. RSVP here for this free event.