Corbett, Harvey Wiley

Lovely handwritten statement on the importance of architecture and architects in society

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(1873-1954) US architect (nephew of the "architect" of the Pure Food and Drug Law, Harvey Wiley), one of most prominent of the 1st half of the 20th Century. New York City practice from 1901, established partnership with F. Livinston Pell 1903 and with Frank J. Helmle 1912. When Hemle retired in 1928, firm renamed Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray, later evolved into Harvey Wiley Corbett Associates. Initially he worked in a neo-classical revivalist mode, but ultimately became a champion of the skyscraper. He described Modernism in architecture as a “freeing of the shackles of style that for years have forced architects to erect duplicates of Grecian temples for bank buildings, regardless of modern requirements for light, air and utility.” His designs included the Bush Tower at 132 West 42nd St. (1918), the National Title Guaranty Building of Metropolitan Life Insurance on Madison Square (1932, with D. Everett Waid) and the Criminal Courts Building at 100 Centre Street (1939). His firm was 1 of 3 in Rockefeller Center design, also designed the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Virginia, etc. Chaired Advisory Committees for the 1933 Century of Progress (Chicago) & 1939 New York World's Fair. Very good content 7 x 4 ˝ Autograph Statement Signed on collector's letterhead, np, (4/15/27), on the importance of architecture and architects, and comparing them to history and historians: materials to words, buildings to paragraphs, cities to chapters, nations to books.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Statement Signed






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