August 4, 2012

Architects dressed as their buildings.

14 comments:

lewsar said...

for the second time today: my eyes...

and on second thought, dear god, why?

Wendy Kloiber said...

I wonder if Ayn Rand saw this photo and fictionalized it in a scene where Peter Keating and other architects dress up as their buildings in The Fountainhead?

Chef Mojo said...

27 types of pure awesome!

Fr Martin Fox said...

No one here looks like he thought it was a good idea.

edutcher said...

These guys must have all had Landon in '36.

wyo sis said...

VanAlen and the Pips

ricpic said...

Notwithstanding this disgrace its architect voluntarily or involuntarily submitted to, the Chrysler Building remains the only building in the New York skyline that is pure grace. Have you ever fashioned a great building of pure grace? The fool is long dead. The great man lives on in the breathtaking beauty of his creation.


New York's most glorious skyscraper, its art deco eagles poised for flight, the Chrysler Building is a timeless work of Jazz Age Poetry in steel.

--Stephanie Zachorek

Astro said...

January 23, 1931. On this date in history none of the most famous architects in New York City had sex.

Carnifex said...

Architects dressed as buildings or J. Edgar dressed as a woman...who ya' got?

Fr Martin Fox said...

Burn these pictures!

Women must not know that men can be talked into anything.

Quaestor said...

At least the guy in the Chysler Building suit looks like he's wearing something. The rest look like internees at a cubist fat camp.

BTW, did I mention Harry Reid is a pederast?

Joe Schmoe said...

Ha! That's from the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball in New York. Here's a good video of the participants. The guy on the right edge of Ann's linked photo is supposed to be a boiler, and clearly he put the least amount of work into his costume.

Here's a photo of Le Corbusier, an avant-garde fave, at a costume party dressed as a wild native, while other guests appear in black-face.

Let's just say architects suck as dress-up parties.

Joe Schmoe said...

ricpic, I agree about the Chrysler building, and it is one of the most beloved in NYC. But to the elite architectural community, including the critics and historians, Van Alen and other Art Deco architects in NY from that time aren't given proper due. The claim is that these guys contributed too much to excessive, capitalistic culture, when they should've been re-engineering social housing for the masses like Le Corbu and others. Yes, the architectural avant-garde is the same as the artistic avant-garde: communists at heart who like to live like royalty. In other words, today's progressive elites.

Nichevo said...

ricpic, why would you diss the Empire State Building? Now I'se gots ta cut you.