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113.  Harrison & Abramovitz.  Sketch of original plans for United Nations building. Pencil on tracing paper, (36.2 x 44.5 cm.), 1947. Avery Library, Drawings and Archives, Wallace Harrison Collection

The United Nations was designed by a committee of international architects selected by Wallace Harrison. Le Corbusier from France, Howard Robertson of England, and Oscar Niemeyer from Brazil were among the members of this committee, of which Harrison was the Director of Planning. The architects were charged with planning and siting the buildings needed to house the complex functions of the newly formed international council. As the architects presented and discussed ideas, the concepts were turned over to a team of renderers, headed by Hugh Ferriss, to develop the ideas into drawings. This drawing is one of many sketches Harrison made.

Gift of Ellen Harrison (Mrs. Wallace Harrison), 1981

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