Raymond Hood

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Works Daily News Building, at New York, New York, 1930 (circa).

McGraw-Hill Building, at New York, New York, 1930.

Rockefeller Center, at New York, New York, 1932 to 1940.  * 3D Model *

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Raymond Hood

(b. Rhode Island 1881; d. 1934)

Raymond Hood was born in Rhode Island in 1881. He studied at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working for the firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson in Boston, he left to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He travelled extensively between Europe and America before establishing a practice in New York in 1914.

Hood did not receive his first major commission (with John Howells) until eight years later when he designed The Chicago Tribune tower, a building with Gothic Revival detailing. Many commissions followed, each one moving further away from a Gothic vocabulary until his works had attained a simple geometric monumentality. His later buildings predict the Miesian tower blocks of the 1950s and 1960s.

Hood died in 1934.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p78.

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