New York

Raymond Hood

Whitney Museum Of American Art At Philip Morris

For decades the skyscraper has been a keystone in architectural practice, at once defining the scope of its ambition and determining the urban skyline. Architects have measured their aspirations against the yardstick of its forms, finding in them an image of contemporary city life. Among these individuals Raymond M. Hood occupies a central position, for it was Hood who, in 1922, won the competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower, rising from obscurity to the position of the ’20s’ most celebrated skyscraper designer. Over the next decade he was to introduce four buildings that altered mid-Manhattan’s configuration and consolidated the architectural and commercial image of the burgeoning pre-Depression metropolis. He was also to contribute to the theory of the tower’s form and function, both through existing buildings and through his proposals for futuristic towns.

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