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Aug
09

Charles Gwathmey, of the “New York Five”, is Dead at 71

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NY Times obit, here.  NY Times story about the genesis of the New York Five, here:

Charlie Rose interview from 2000, here.  Starts at minute 24:00.

Top:  Gwathmey Residence and Studio – Amagansett, NY 1967

Middle:  Cooper Residence – Orleans, MA 1968

Bottom:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Renovation and Addition – New York, NY 1992

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5 Responses to “Charles Gwathmey, of the “New York Five”, is Dead at 71”


  1. 1 Liza
    2009/08/04 at 3:22 pm

    As rude as it may be to criticize someone who has recently passed on, I despise the condominium on Astor Place. (The building isn’t on the post, it is in the story) The building is much too shiny for its context. The form and materials is rather cheesy. I am blinded anytime I pass it mid-day. Quite frankly, I don’t think that the world need ANOTHER chase location. The only other building around St. Marks that really annoys me is one of the two starbucks buildings that are 25 yards away from each other (thankfully the one across from Cooper Union closed). The building does not fit in at all considering that the building didn’t fit what so ever with the old style brown stone buildings (apartments and Cooper Union), the new style buildings (Cooper Union academic building by Morphosis), and the demographic of those attracted to sub-culture assemblies, off-beat shops, and Cooper Union.

    While his other work respectable, architecture students at Cooper should be ashamed of the eye-sore, or maybe pleased to know what shouldn’t be.

  2. 2 dj2d
    2009/08/05 at 11:55 am

    When I was in grad school, Charles Gwathmey was a visiting faculty member. I didn’t have him as a studio instructor, but he was a constant presence in every student’s experience, including mine, due to his larger-than-life personality and the open configuration of the studios. He co-taught a studio with Deborah Berke that designed a Museum for Post-War Material Culture in Levittown, Long Island. The projects cut through the contemporary nostalgia for Levittown, and cast light on the real world conditions that brought about and allowed for the mass construction of affordable housing suited for the new post-war American lifestyle. Interesting projects, on many levels. He was part charming playboy architect, part bawdy carnival sideshow hawker, part NYC tough guy; but he was also always a fair and straightforward critic that we all admired. He’d have you get to the point, and get there quickly, then reward you with a great big Cheshire Cat grin when he saw something he liked.

  3. 3 Liza
    2009/08/06 at 12:24 pm

    The last description is not unlike yourself, Professor Johnson.

  4. 2009/09/04 at 12:43 am

    oh – sad to here that. Whats happened with him?

  5. 5 Read This
    2013/07/22 at 8:48 am

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