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Gordon Bunshaft

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Gordon Bunshaft (May 9, 1909August 6, 1990) was a 20th century architect educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bunshaft worked with Edward Durrell Stone, worked three months for industrial designer Raymond Loewy, whom he considered a phony, eventually becoming a partner in the New York office of the young firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

Bunshaft was a modernist whose early influences included Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. His best-known design is the Lever House, built as a corporate headquarters for the soap company Lever Brothers. His design for the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Branch Bank (1953), the first post-war 'transparent' bank on the east coast, is a modernist gem. Bunshaft's only single-family residence is the 2300 square foot (210 m²) Travertine House in the Hamptons, which was owned by Martha Stewart from 1995 through 2005.

In the 1950s, Bunshaft was hired by the State Department's Office of Foreign Building Operations as a collaborator on the design for several US consulates in Germany.


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