Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Harrison, Wallace

ID: 3469
Full Name: Wallace K. Harrison
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Birth Date: 09/18/1895
Death Date: 12/02/1981
Family: Spouse: Married Ellen Milton, sister-in-law of Abby Rockefeller, in 1926;
Biographical Information: Education: Attended night classes in the studio of Harvey Wiley Corbett, Architect, c. 1916-1917; coursework, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1919, worked in the Atelier of Colonel Gustave Umbdenstock;
Work History: Draftsman, McKim, Mead and White, Architects, New York, NY, 1916-1917, c. 1920-1921; Draftsman, Bertram G. Goodhue, Architect, New York, NY, c. 1922; Draftsman, Raymond M. Hood, Architect, New York, NY, c. 1925-1927; Partner, Helmle and Corbett, Architects, New York, NY, 1927-1935; Partner, Harrison and [J. André] Fouilhoux, Architects, New York, NY, 1935-1941; Partner, Harrison, Fouilhoux and Abramovitz, Architects, New York, NY, 1941-1945; Partner, Harrison and Abramovitz, Architects, New York, NY, 1945-1978;
Teaching: Associate Professor, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1939-1942;
Miscellaneous: He worked on Rockefeller Center from 1929-1930s, and designed the Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair, New York, NY. United Nations Secretary General Trygve Lie appointed Harrison Director of Planning for the construction of the United Nations Building, New York, New York, c. 01/1947. Harrison moved in high society circles, enabling him to land coveted commissions, such as Harrison and Abromovitz's New York Philharmonic Hall, New York, NY, (1962), (renamed Avery Fisher Hall in 1972).
Professional Awards: College: Awarded a Rotch Traveling Scholarship, for travel in Europe and Egypt, Syria, Greece and France, and to enable him to study for a year at the American Academy, Rome, Italy, 1921.
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Death:
New York, NY
Architect's Birth:
Worcester, MA