This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. There are 2 other images of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

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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.

The skyscraper, symbol of New York City and emblem of American culture, is envisioned in this charismatic architectural rendering by Hugh Ferriss, one of a series of four drawings that show how the city's landmark 1916 "set-back" law would produce the stepped architectural silhouette now familiar from iconic structures such as the Waldorf Astoria and the Empire State Building. The limitations imposed on maximum mass were designed to allow light into city streets, and to allay public fears that the new monoliths would turn city streets into canyons of darkness.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Mod Metropolis.

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

Our curators have highlighted 10 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Skyscraper Radio, 1935
  • compression-molded plaskon, metal, glass, woven textile.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.30.2015

Its dimensions are

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; Designed by Hugh Ferriss (American, 1889–1962); USA; black crayon, stumped, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, varnish on illustration board; 66.8 × 51 cm (26 5/16 × 20 1/16 in.) Mat: 91.4 × 71.1 cm (36 × 28 in.); Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss; 1969-137-4

We have 1 media file that features Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 4, 1922.

"Sugar Foot Stomp," Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra (1925)

The Hugh Ferriss drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 4 seemed to call out for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra with Louis Armstrong. In “Sugar Foot...

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

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