Louis Melançon


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Wallace H. Harrison with model of Metropolitan Opera House interior, late 1960s. Photo by Louis Melançon

In 1954, The Rockefeller Institute became The Rockefeller University, requiring new buildings to house a graduate student’s residence hall, executive offices, rooms for visiting professors, a lecture hall, a residence for the president, and a new laboratory building. By then, Wallace K. Harrison, the prominent New York architect, was so closely associated with the Rockefeller family’s building program that it was a matter of course for David Rockefeller to ask him to undertake the project. The result is “a distinctive place, a serene and bucolic academic enclave in the midst of the city.”


Wallace Harrison, Rockefeller Institute

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