Joseph Urban (May 26, 1872 – July 10, 1933) was an American scenic designer. Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, he was trained as an architect, and he is also known for his theatrical design and his early illustrations of children's books. He died in New York City.
Urban's early work with illustrated books arose from his collaboration with his brother-in-law,
Heinrich Lefler (1863–1919) and the pair contributed to what are considered seminal works in children's illustrated books, including:
Grimm's Märchen (1905);
Kling-Klang Gloria (1907);
Andersen Kalender (1911); and
Urban immigrated to the
United States in 1912 to become the art director of the Boston Opera Company. Two years later he moved to New York where he designed productions for the Ziegfeld Follies and the Metropolitan Opera. William Randolph Hearst was an important client and supporter. Most of Urban's architectural work in the United States has been demolished, with the exceptions of Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and The New School and the base of The Hearst Tower in New York City. The color gel Urban Blue (Roscolux #81) is named for him.
European architecture [ edit ]
1900 Wohn- und Bürohaus Wien 8, Buchfeldgasse 6 (mit Hermann Stierlin)
1902 Villa Goltz, Wien 19, Grinzinger Straße 87 (Eingang und Anbau)
1903 Villa Wiener, Wien 13, Veitingergasse 21
1907 Villa Redlich, Wien 19, Kreindlgasse 11
1907 Wohnhaus, Wien 19, Krottenbachstraße 11
1907 Villa Max Landau, Semmering, Südbahnstraße 83
1910 Villa Dr. Mair, Scheiblingkirchen, Kreuzackergasse 43, NÖ
U.S. architecture and interior design [ edit ]
This partial list
omits unbuilt projects. [1 ]
Austrian Pavilion, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
Sherman Hotel Tiger Room, Chicago, 1920
Wiener Werkstätte Showroom, NYC, 1922 C.C. Lightbown House, 4839 Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, Permit #7278, March 10, 1925, cost $25,000.
Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, 1925–1926 Demarest Little Castle, Palm Beach, Florida, 1926
Paramount Theater, Sunrise Building, Palm Beach, Florida, 1926
Biddle House, Palm Beach,1926
Bath and Tennis Club, Palm Beach, Florida, July 1926
Ziegfeld Theatre, 1926–27 St. Regis Hotel Roof Garden, 1927–1928
Hotel Gibson Roof Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1928
Bossert Hotel, Grill Room, Brooklyn, 1928 Bedell Department Store, New York City, 1928
William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, 1928, 1932
(Hearst) International Magazine Building, 1928–1929 Central Park Casino, 1929
Metropolitan Museum of Art 11th annual exhibition of American Industrial Art, 1929
The Gingerbread Castle
Hamburg NJ, 1929 [2 ]
New School for Social Research NYC, 1929–1931 Atlantic Beach Club, Long Island, NY, 1930–1931
Park Avenue Restaurant, 1931
[3 ] Congress Hotel, Joseph Urban Room, Chicago, Illinois, 1932
Omni William Penn Hotel, Urban Room
Pittsburgh, PA, 1929 [4 ] Katherine Brush Apartment, 1933
References [ edit ]
Randolph, Carter; and Cole, Robert Reed (1992). Joseph Urban: Architecture, Theater, Opera, Film. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.). ISBN 0-89659-912-4.
Aronson, Arnold; and Ostergard, Derek E. and Smith, Matthew Wilson (2000). . NY NY: Columbia University. Architect of Dreams: The Theatrical Vision of Joseph Urban ISBN 1-884919-08-1.
Goldberger, Paul (20 December 1987). "At the Cooper-Hewitt, Designs of Joseph Urban". New York Times . Retrieved 2009-06-22.
"Joseph Urban". Architecture LXIX (5): pp. 251–290. May 1934.
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