Harrison & Abramovitz

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Socony-Mobil Building, New York City, 1956
CIA Original Headquarters Building at Langley, Virginia, 1961

Harrison & Abramovitz was an American architectural firm based in New York and active from 1941 through 1976, a partnership of Wallace Harrison and Max Abramovitz.

The firm was best known for modernist corporate towers on the East coast and Midwestern cities. Most are straightforward. One notable stylistic innovation was the use of stamped metal panels on the facade, first at the 1953 Alcoa Building in Pittsburgh, and repeated at the 1953 Republic Center Tower I in Dallas and the 1956 former Socony-Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street in New York City.

Both Harrison and Abramovitz were design architects and worked independently. Some projects are clearly attributable to one or the other: for instance the buildings at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Abramovitz's alma mater, are his designs. Harrison's work at the Empire State Plaza "commanded his attention almost exclusively" for 15 years, from 1962 through 1976,[1] which implies the other work of the partnership in that period is primarily attributable to Abramovitz. After 1976 Abramovitz partnered with others.

The firm was also known as Harrison, Fouilhoux & Abramovitz (1941 through Fouilhoux's death in 1945), Harrison, Abramovitz, & Abbe, and Harrison, Abramovitz, & Harris.


The firm's credits include:


  1. ^ Newhouse, Victoria. Wallace K. Harrison, Architect. New York: Rizzoli, 1989.
  2. ^ For designation report, see: Postal, Matthew A. Springs Mills Building, Manhattan, April 13, 2010.

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