David Garrard Lowe is a well-regarded lecturer, cultural historian, and author. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, House & Garden, and City Journal, amongst other publications. His books include Stanford White’s New York, Lost Chicago, Chicago Interiors, Beaux Arts New York, and Art Deco New York.
Mr. Lowe has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Newport Preservation Society, the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, and on the Queen Mary 2. His subjects range from the villas of Andrea Palladio, to Americans in Paris, to Coco Chanel, to the great ocean liners.
He has also created words-and-music tributes to both Noel Coward and Cole Porter.
Lowe will speak about Nancy Astor, the first female member of the British parliament to take her seat.
Astor was born Nancy Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, the eight of eleven children. Following an unhappy first marriage that ended in divorce, Lowe moved to England and integrated into English society, a beautiful young American known for her bold and lively wit paired with her religious devotion.
She married Waldorf Astor, another American expatriate. When Waldorf Astor was promoted to his father’s former seat in the House of Lord’s, Nancy Astor won her husband’s former seat in the House of Commons and held it for nearly 25 years.
Admission is free and seating begins at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with the program starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.