Images for August 6, 2009: Passing of a Modern Architect & Meditations on the future of Modernism

Conversations with Oliver E. Allen, Frederick E. Allen, and Deborah Allen, historians and writers all about their experiences of Modern - and not so modern - buildings in New York City and beyond.

First, some words in memory of the modernist Architect, Charles Gwathmey, who died earlier this week at the young age of 71. First, the iconic house he designed for his parents - the painter Robert Gwathmey and photographer mother Rosalie.

Next, the W Hotel and Condominiums, currently under construction, one block south of the World Trade Center site, designed for the real estate mogul Joseph Moinian:

Thoroughly modern, with minimalist detailing.

Perhaps the project Gwathmey will be most remembered for in New York City was his expansion and interior renovations of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum

We also spoke at length about Paul Rudolf, the Art & Architecture Building at Yale, of Rudolf's layers of interlocking geometries. Here is an historic photo of Rudolf, with the A & A Building in the background.

Also, views of the addition (right) designed by the late Charles Gwathmey, to the A & A Building (left) - himself a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture.

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