- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli; illustrated edition edition (June 15, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847806448
- ISBN-13: 978-0847806447
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Wallace K Harrison, Architect Hardcover – June 15, 1989
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In 1956, at the peak of his career, Time magazine rated Harrison the equal to Wright, Gropius, and Le Corbusier. While this assessment seems overstated today, Harrison was involved in some of the 20th century's most monumental building projects: Rockefeller Center, the 1939 New York World's Fair, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and the infamous Albany Mall. Newhouse has written a well-researched and immensely readable account of Harrison's career, from his humble beginnings in Worcester, Massachusetts, to his long and complex association with the Rockefeller family. While Newhouse focuses on Harrison's larger projects, attention is also given to smaller-scale buildings--in many respects his most satisfying work--designed over the course of his long career. Highly recommended.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
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Architecturally, Harrison's major projects are marked by straightforward planning and sensible functionalism, although his residential side-projects show more experimental and humane flair. His architectural partner from 1941 to 1976 was Max Abramovitz.
In 1931 Harrison established an 11 acre (45,000 m²) summer retreat in West Hills, New York, which was a very early example and workshop for the International Style in the United States, and a social and intellectual center of architecture, art, and politics. The home includes a 32 foot circular living room that is rumored to have been the prototype for the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. Two other circular rooms complete the center of Harrison's design. Frequent visitors and guests included Nelson Rockefeller, Robert Moses, Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, and Fernand Léger, who waited out part of World War II by painting a mural at the bottom of Harrison's swimming pool. Leger also created a large mural for the home's circular living room and sculpted an abstract form to serve as a skylight. Calder's first show is said to have taken place at the home.
Between 1941 and 1943, Harrison designed and built the Clinton Hill Coops, a 12-building coop complex split between two "campuses" along Clinton Ave. in Brooklyn, New York, to house the Brooklyn Navy Yards workers.
Harrison's architural drawings and archives are held by the Drawings and Archives Department of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.
UN headquarters in New York Cityfor work from 1941 through 1976, also see Harrison & Abramovitz
Trylon and Perisphere for the 1939 New York World's Fair
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, 1951
The Time-Life Building at Rockefeller Center, New York City, 1959
Metropolitan Opera House, 1962
lead architect for the United Nations Headquarters complex, coordinating the work of an international cadre of designers, including Sven Markelius, Le Corbusier, and Oscar Niemeyer, 1962
The New York Hall of Science at the 1964 New York World's Fair
master plan for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, coordinating the work of Pietro Belluschi, Gordon Bunshaft, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, and the Metropolitan Opera House for the center, 1966
The Exxon Building at Rockefeller Center, 1971