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Architectural Vision The Drawings of Hugh Ferriss by Jean Ferriss Leich Whitney


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Architectural Visions: The Drawings of Hugh Ferriss

Author: Jean Ferriss Leich

Publisher: Whitney Library of Design

Published: 1980

Hardcover with Dust Jacket


First Edition

From the Chicago Tribune Competition and the Chrysler Building to the United Nations Headquarters and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the drawings of Hugh Ferriss record a period of time in the history of architecture which has seen remarkable change in our conception of cities and buildings. Trained as an architect in the Beaux Arts tradition Ferriss chose instead to devote the greater part of his career to giving shape and life to the dreams and visions in his own mind and in the minds of other, now famous, architects for whom he worked. In one broad sweep, we see, through one man's eyes, an astonishing record of 20th-century ideas and signs in architecture.

His drawings are organized into two sections. The first, "Dreams," shows his visionary concepts of future cities and skyscraper structures, many of which he first publihsed in 1929 in The Metropolis of Tomorrow. Within this section, one finds that many of his ideas, as improbably as they may have seemed at the time, are now commonplace occurrences.

The second part, "Realities," includes his drawings of some of the most prestigious buildings constructed in the United States during the 20th Century; Hoover Dam, Rockefeller Center, the Tri-Borough Bridge, the Johnson Wax Building, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building, as well as many others. Published in part by Ferris in Power in Buildings, these drawings frequently show the buildings as they were originally conceived by their architects, not necessarily as they were executed. Accompanying the drawings in both sections are excerpts of the artist's own worlds taken from his notes and articles.

Two message precede the drawings. The first, written by Jean Ferrisss Leich, who complied this book, describes the man and his career as viewed by his own contemporaries. The second essay, written by Paul Goldberger, looks back from the perspective of the seventies and assesses the role Ferriss played within the architectural profession.

Pages: 144

Size: 9" x 12"

The books are in good condition. The jacket has wear and tear. The pages have some slight yellowing around the edges.

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