Ralph Walker: A Great And Forgotten Architect

Barclay-Vessey building in NYC (Image: Rizzolli USA)

Mike Welton @ Architects + Artisans – Named “Architect of the Century” by The New York Times in 1957, Ralph Walker became little more than a footnote in Manhattan’s pantheon of great builders a decade later.

He was a master of the massive, stepped-back Art Deco skyscrapers of the 1920s and ‘30s, responding deftly to the 1916 Sunshine Laws that limited height and insisted on setbacks.

His work includes the Barclay-Vesey building, also known as the Verizon building, the Irving Trust building at 1 Wall Street, now the BNY Mellon building, and the Western Union building.  His designs graced two of the era’s World’s Fairs: Chicago in 1933 and New York in 1939.  Read more.

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