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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.

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 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. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss.

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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; Designed by Hugh Ferriss (American, 1889–1962); USA; black crayon, stumped, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, varnish on illustration board; 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.); 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.

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