Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 2, 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; brush and black ink over photostat, varnish on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
The modern skyscraper takes on a futuristic, monumental form in Hugh Ferris’ series of architectural renderings. First Published in the New York Times in 1922, these drawings show how the city's landmark 1916 "set-back" law would produce the stepped architectural silhouette realized years later in 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. Ferriss blocked out the building’s form in a greasy crayon, used a paper stump to achieve halftones, and produced highlights with an eraser.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss.
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Its dimensions are
66.8 x 51cm (26 5/16 x 20 1/16in.)
It is inscribed
In black crayon, verso: #2 / Hugh Ferriss / 101 Park A / NY / USA (all underlined)
Cite this object as
Drawing, Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 2, 1922; Designed by Hugh Ferriss (American, 1889–1962); USA; black crayon, stumped; brush and black ink over photostat, varnish on illustration board; 66.8 x 51cm (26 5/16 x 20 1/16in.); Gift of Mrs. Hugh Ferriss; 1969-137-2
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.