Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Legend Passes

It is always a sad day when a member of your social, peer, or influenced community passes away. Charles Gwathmey, a member of the famed New York Five (sometimes referred to as the whites) and a principal of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, died on Monday at age 71 after a battle with esophageal cancer. Known for meticulously conceived modernist designs influenced by Le Corbusier (a personal fave), Gwathmey launched his career with a house for his parents, completed in 1967, that earned him wide acclaim and would remain a touchstone throughout his career. (via) Gwathmey did a few 'quiet' but beautiful favorites of mine: Whig Hall, the Guggenheim addition, and Hampton Home.

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