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What is this?

Rendering of very dark, monumental high-rise building consisting of tall set back central tower, flanked by two smaller towers, each with set back upper stories. Dramatic "fan" of light rays in background. This is an early proposal for the set back skyscraper form that was to characterize many skyscrapers built from the mid-1920s to the ca. 1950s.

Why is this in our collection?

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 is a drawing from United States. It is dated 1922 and we acquired it in 1969. Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss.

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Its medium is

black crayon, stumped, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, varnish on illustration board

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

This object was designed by Hugh Ferriss

This object was catalogued by Megan L. Smith and donated by Mrs. Hugh Ferriss

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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