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William van Alen | the artist



The artist William van Alen
Born 1883, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Died 1954, , .
Style and technique of the artist: Architecture, Art Deco,


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Chrysler Building

Van Alen lent his name to the Van Alen Institute, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving design in the public realm through a program of exhibitions, competitions, publications, workshops, and forums and is an advocate for active and accessible waterfronts. Founded in 1894 as the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects, the Institute was renamed in 1996 in honor of Van Alen, its largest benefactor; at this time the organization was reorganized to focus on the public realm. The Institute’s projects initiate interdisciplinary and international collaborations between practitioners, policymakers, students, educators, and community leaders.

William Van Alen was born in Brooklyn New York in 1883 and attended the Pratt Institute. He worked for several firms in New York until he won the 1908 Lloyd Warren Fellowship with allowed him to study in Paris. In 1911 Van Alen returned to New York and formed a partnership with Craig Severance and became known for his stylistic multistory commercial structures. Van Alen designed the Chrysler Building, which is praised as the greatest Art Deco style sky scraper, and serves as a monument to capitalism in America. Van Alen died in 1954 and was not noted for his great architectural works until after his death.