William Van Alen

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Birthday
10, 1883
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 24, 1954 (70)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
10, 1883
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 24, 1954 (70)

About

Designer of the Chrysler Building in New York City from 1929 until 1930. His other works included the Hotel Astor in 1902 and other multistory commercial structures.

Before Fame

He studied at the first independent atelier in the United States, Atelier Masqueray, for three years under the famed Emmanuel Louis Masqueray. He was awarded the Paris Prize scholarship in 1908, which allowed him to then study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the famed Victor Laloux.

Trivia

His career was negatively impacted by the Great Depression, and he turned to teaching sculpturing.

Family Life

His family was residing in Brooklyn when he was born. He married Elizabeth Bloodgood.

Associated With

He and architect Daniel Burnham both became famous architects from New York.