Queens Modern: The Architects
Welcome to Queens Modern: The Architects! This project is a continuation of the Queens Modern project (visit the original homepage here) through a more thorough examination of more than two dozen architectural firms active in Queens and across the region during the mid-20th Century. The firms range from architects, such as A.F. Meissner and Joseph Mathieu, who focused on deco and proto-modern church designs of the 1940s to more prolific firms like Kelly & Gruzen and LaPierre, Litchfield & Partners who secured a diverse array of commissions over a much longer period of time. I delved into several unique and lesser known practitioners such as Clara Coffey, whose landscape architecture firm was quietly among the forefront of community park design of the late 1960s; Jerome Perlstein, whose quirky interventions to industrial warehouses in Long Island City are wholly unlike anything else of the era; and A. H. Salkowitz, who despite designing more than a dozen early shopping centers and thousands of houses on Long Island, has been largely ignored. Click one of the representative images below to learn more about each of the firms.
You can also click here to read more in-depth about the project findings.
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Thank you to the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation for supporting this project through their Mid-Career Fellowship in 2017.