Wallace Kirkman Harrison

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Harrison, Wallace Kirkman


Born Sept. 28, 1895, in Worcester, Mass. American architect.

Harrison studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1945 he became a partner in the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramowitz. He collaborated on the designs for Rockefeller Center, the United Nations headquarters, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, all in New York. He also designed the Alcoa Building in Pittsburgh (1952) and the Phoneix Mutual Insurance Building in Hartford (1963), both with M. Abramowitz, as well as the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (1966).

Harrison effectively makes use of the achievements of modern architecture and engineering. However, his buildings are eclectic in conception and are designed with commercial success in mind.

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