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Monday, November 12, 2007

Empire State Plaza buildings in Albany, NY

Coming back from a long weekend in Vermont we went through Albany, NY for the first time. As we approached the city these slender modernist buildings came into view. I was able to snap this shot as we went buy. They make for a really amazing backdrop. When we got back I did a bit of research and found out that they were built from 1968-1976 and were designed by the architect Wallace Harrison. Harrison was a modernist and influenced by the International Style. He also designed the Rockefeller Center, Time Life Building, Metropolitan Opera House, etc. The Rockefeller Apartment building, across from the Museum of Modern Art's sculpture garden and finished in 1939, is equally interesting and beautiful. Some say it may be one of the most completely designed buildings in the city. I attached a few images of the attention to detail that exists all over the Rockefeller Apartment building. He was friends with Moses, Chagall, Le Corbusier, and Léger. Andrew Calder's first show is said to have taken place at his home.


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