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August 4, 2009 / Stephanie L S Cheng

In Memory of Charles Gwathmey

The architecture world lost another member, Charles Gwathmey, who passed away yesterday at the age of 71 in Manhattan. Back in 1968 he joined forces with Robert Siegel and founded Gwathmey Siegel and Associates. One of the buildings I have frequented most in the past is the International Center of Photography building on 6th Avenue. A hidden gem in the basement of the Grace Building with a vast array of facilities that I believe functions exceptionally well. Across the street is the ICP gallery, a must visit despite the array of suggestions the MET is a must see.

Gwathmey was also recognized for his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1992, an additional 10-story structure behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiral structure. The most recent building by his firm was the undulating residential building in Astor Place, the topic of many a conversation which I will respectfully decline to elaborate on.



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