This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. There is one other image of this object. See our image rights statement.

 

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Drawing, Design for a Skyscraper, 1930

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Ely Jacques Kahn and from the office of Buchman and Kahn. It is dated 1930 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is graphite with fixative on tracing paper mounted on cardboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This proposal for a skyscraper by Beaux-Arts-trained architect Ely Jacques Kahn demonstrates the power of the architectural drawing as an advertising tool in the midst of New York City’s building boom. Kahn emphasized the 65-story height through vertical lines and by depicting the building as looming over the city.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Celebrating the Commercial Building.

This object was donated by Ely Jacques Kahn and catalogued by Julia Pastor, KH, Megan L. Smith and E. Maurice Bloch. It is credited Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn..

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Its dimensions are

62.5 × 40 cm (24 5/8 × 15 3/4 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.)

It is signed

Inscribed in graphite, lower margin center: BUCHMAN AND KAHN, ARCH'T'S

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower margin center: BUCHMAN AND KAHN, ARCH'T'S

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Skyscraper, 1930; Designed by Ely Jacques Kahn (American, 1884 - 1972); USA; graphite with fixative on tracing paper mounted on cardboard; 62.5 × 40 cm (24 5/8 × 15 3/4 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.); Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn.; 1952-15-13

In addition to The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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