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The New York School of Interior Design celebrates a century of influential design.

This year a venerable design institution celebrates its 100th anniversary—the New York School of Interior Design. The school began as a Home Study Course in the Decorative Arts in 1915, the brain child of architect Sherrill Whiton. When home study students kept visiting Whiton’s professional office expecting to find a school, he decided to open the New York School of Interior Decoration. In 1951, the name was changed to the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) to reflect changes in teaching not only about “the details and finishes of a space but the architecture of the interior.”

Over the last century, NYSID has grown from only a handful of students the first year to more than 600 students and nine programs. …

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