This object is currently resting in our storage facility. See our image rights statement.

Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 4, 1922

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Hugh Ferriss. It is dated 1922 and we acquired it in 1969. Its medium is black crayon, stumped, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, varnish on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Ferriss envisioned four orchestrations of the shape of the modern skyscraper, determined by the 1916 New York Zoning Law requiring setbacks to let light into the streets. Ferriss blocked out the building’s form in a greasy crayon, used a paper stump to achieve halftones, and produced highlights with an eraser.

This object was donated by Mrs. Hugh Ferriss and catalogued by Megan L. Smith. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 66.8 × 51 cm (26 5/16 × 20 1/16 in.) Mat: 91.4 × 71.1 cm (36 × 28 in.)

It is signed

Signed in pen and black ink, lower right: Hugh Ferriss

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black chalk, verso: #4 (underlined)/Return to Hugh Ferriss/101 Park Ave/New York, NY, USA

Cite this object as

Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 4, 1922. Black crayon, stumped, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, varnish on illustration board. Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss. 1969-137-4.

In addition to Making Design, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

This object has no known Copyright restrictions.

You are welcome to use this image in compliance with our terms of use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18468717/ |title=Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 4, 1922 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=27 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please let us know!