Docomomo UK
Lecture: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: the First Generation
DATE: 6/7/2017
"Chicago-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill became prominent in government circles during the 1930s because of their work on the Worldīs Fair and other fairs, and during the 1940s because of  their work at the Atomic Bomb Town, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The public at large came to know about SOM in the 1950s because of Lever House, and, close in date, a surprising glass-walled bank on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Large-scale structures soon followed for the Carbide and Carbon Corporation and for Chase Manhattan Bank, a building with open space that prompted the commercial renewal of the Wall Street district and helped to promote new zoning regulations. These two buildings were the work of the firmīs chief designer, Gordon Bunshaft. The lecture will explain the firmīs organization, its rise to eminence and its most significant achievements during its first generation of activity. It will include aspects of Bunshaftīs career, which has recently been more fully recognized within a corporate architectural structure.

Our speaker, Carol Krisnsky of New York University, specialises in 20th-century architecture and planning and is a former President of the Society of Architectural Historians."

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