Notes in the Draft version
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, University of Austin, Texas.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of Lyndon Baines Johnson . dedicated on May 22, 1971, with Johnson and then-President Richard Nixon in attendance
ten-story building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and features a Great Hall withfour-story, glass-encased view of the archives collection.
Gordon Bunshaft, 1909 – August 6, 1990), proponent of modern design in the mid-twentieth century. A partner Skidmore, Owings & Merrill buildings include Lever House in New York
Gordon Bunshaft (1909-1990) received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in
architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the
Rotch Travelling Scholarship travel through Europe, where he sketched and photographed many
sites of architectural significance.
In 1937, Bunshaft joined the New York office of the young architectural firm
Skidmore Owings & Merrill,
serve in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. After World War II, SOM was
to become one of the most influential architecture, planning, and design firms in the
United States. Bunshaft was named a partner in SOM in 1949, directing the New
York office until his retirement in 1979.
Bunshaft's impact on American architecture was largely in the arena of large-scale
corporate architecture. In 1952, he completed the design of Lever House in New
York City, a landmark of Post-War International Style glass curtain-wall
skyscrapers. Among his other noted designs are the Chase Manhattan Bank in New
York City; Connecticut General Headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut; the
Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; the
Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas; and the National Commercial Bank and
Haj Terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Bunshaft was also a passionate art collector,
maintaining long-standing friendships with such notable artists as Henry Moore
I wrote to the librarian for some information and she sent me a brochure
America colonizing the far east in Vietnam with embassy designs and presidential palaces
and colonizing kids front rooms on a Saturday morning with Thunderbirds type TV shows. James Bond, Roger Moore, puppet style. less of the women, around the same amount of shooting and some similar explosion and car chases.
The style suited Lego (I was post Meccano), and also Airfix Saturn 5 rocket kits and air fields.
thunderbirds two land
universities as architectural leaders
Bauhaus and chandigarh
200 feet high
Tracey Island Round House
One of young Gerry’s first ambitions was to be an architect. In fact, he says, he would still like to design his own house but, whenever he’s had the money, he’s had no time… and whenever he’s had time he’s had no money. In his early days, he went to Building School and studied plastering. However, after an accident, he discovered he was allergic to plaster. So he went to work in a photographer’s studio in Regent Street and became interested in the visual medium.
He soon moved on to the post-war Colonial Film Unit at the Ministry of Information
Rocket launch, Saturn rocket.....
similar hangar stuff
stainless steel interiors
man with golden gun type tropical islands
Nottingham campus and Library,
Architect Tower as Lever House
It started before I had got to uni and knew whart architecture was