NYC Honorary Street Names


Jacques Marchais Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and Richmond Road
Honoree: Jacques Marchais (1887-1948) was one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the United States. She developed this affinity for Tibetan culture in the late 1920s, and learned all she could about it. After viewing an exhibit dedicated to the Chinese Lama Temple Potala of Jehol, at the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, she became particularly inspired to enhance her collection of Tibetan artifacts and share her knowledge with the world. In 1945, she founded the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Lighthouse Hill on Staten Island, the first museum in the world solely dedicated to Tibetan art. She also designed its buildings, which are the first examples of Himalayan style architecture to be built in the United States.(Matteo)

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