How Henry Hope Reed Saved Architecture – The New York Sun

[excerpts from a New York Sun article on Henry Hope Reed]

When in the early 1960s the Pan Am Building, the largest office building that had ever been built, was inserted between Grand Central Terminal and the New York Central Building, it turned most New Yorkers – yes, most New Yorkers – were firmly against Modernist architecture, which no longer seemed a refreshing breath of modernity but rather an arrogant intrusion upon a once better-looking and more soul-nourishing city.

Mr. Reed helped found Classical America in 1968. In the 1970s, this organization began to offer courses in drawing the classical orders – courses that had been stripped from the curricula of every architecture school in America. Later, the New York-based Institute of Classical Architecture took up the call of the classical training of architects. A few years ago, the Institute merged with Mr. Reed’s organization to form the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, of which Mr. Reed is honorary president and scholar-in-residence.

Mr. Reed and a Paris acquaintance, architect Paul Rudolph, drove out from the city in a beat-up Citroen to see Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoie, then being used as a storehouse for potatoes.

via How Henry Hope Reed Saved Architecture – The New York Sun.


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