Letters of Support
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Whitney NYC: A Letter From John Stanley
Sent: Mon 9/22/08 2:31 PM
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 S. Stanley
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Friday, January 02, 2009
Breuer in Atlanta
|From:||Sally Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Sent:||Fri 1/02/09 6:14 PM|
|To:||Max Eternity (email@example.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