Hugh Ferriss Online


As outlined in last week’s Power of Buildings post, the architectural illustrations of Hugh Ferriss remain readily available in the print medium. His work is also well represented online thanks to a voluminous offering from Columbia University’s Avery Architectural Library. Containing over three hundred and fifty drawings, this is a more varied catalog than Metropolis of Tomorrow with several delineation’s from Power of Buildings.

A mere fraction covers the 1939 & 1964 World’s Fair, plans for the United Nations lot, Rockefeller Center, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, La Guardia and Washington National Airports, Taliesin West and an unexpected abundance of aircraft illustrations. Never before published and unbuilt works are also prominent. In this broader oeuvre, Ferriss occasionally evokes Piranesi and Antonio Sant’Elia, exhibiting less distinctiveness than seen in Metropolis of Tomorrow, but no less impressive.

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