Letters of Support

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Whitney NYC: A Letter From John Stanley

From: John_Stanley@whitney.org
Sent: Mon 9/22/08 2:31 PM
To: maxeternity@hotmail.com

Dear Mr. Eternity:

Thank you for your thoughtful e-mail, which the Director’s Office forwarded to me. As I hope you can understand, it is difficult for The Whitney to take an institutional stand, one way or another, on a subject that is in another city with issues and players that we cannot begin to know or understand. Having said that, however, as one who works with a Breuer building, and has had the privilege of working with many world-class architects over the years, I would like to send my personal hope that all possible uses might be examined and exhausted before this building is torn down.

As a frequent visitor to Atlanta, I can appreciate the desire for those there to try to preserve its architectural heritage. The sort of 60’s concrete brutalism is much unloved, as I can attest having lived in Boston for a long time, witnessing the attacks on its Kallman, McKinnel City Hall building. Long term gain can sometimes be lost with short term thinking. I suspect at some point in the future this style architecture will be embraced for what it is, a raw, beautiful art form.

Best of luck in your quest. Regards,

John

John S. Stanley

Deputy Director

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10021

212.671.8354 office

212.535.6186 fax

***

Friday, January 02, 2009

Breuer in Atlanta

From: Sally Levine (sally.levine@case.edu)
Sent: Fri 1/02/09 6:14 PM
To: Max Eternity (maxeternity@hotmail.com)

 

Dear Mr. Eternity,

 

To save or not to save…

 

That question plagues the public and architectural communities, alike. Two years ago, Cleveland, Ohio was faced with the question of the Ameritrust Tower’s fate. Like the Central Public Library in Atlanta, it is by Marcel Breuer, and it shares the raw aesthetic of mid-century modern Brutalist architecture characteristic of Breuer’s work.

 

I would like to say that the Cleveland building was saved due to public outcry – that Clevelanders realized the importance of protecting its architectural legacy, even if that heritage isn’t conventionally pretty. I would like to say that the Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt’s persistent and passionate articles persuaded the county commissioners that the building has immense worth and that the proposed new county building could be located elsewhere. I would like to say that the exhibit “What Would you do with the Breuer Tower” that I put together with my colleague David Ellison did the trick. But in the end, the building was saved because the proposed project was too expensive to execute.

 

I hope that the library in Atlanta is saved because the public recognizes its embodied value; I hope that the library can be saved because it can provide a home for an exciting new purpose; I hope that the library can be preserved not only for Atlanta but for the world of architecture; but mostly, I hope that the library can be saved.

 

Good luck on this important venue.

 

Sally L. Levine, AIA

 

Levine Architecture & Design, Ltd.

 

3716 Tolland Road

 

 

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

 

p: 216-752.4661

 

c: 216-702.1092

 

e: sally@levinea-d.com

 

w: http://www.levinea-d.com

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