H. Craig Severance

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H. Craig Severance
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Born(1879-07-01)1 July 1879
Died2 September 1941(1941-09-02) (aged 62)
Spouse(s)Faith Griswold Thompson
PracticeCarrere and Hastings
BuildingsNelson Tower, 40 Wall Street, Montague-Court Building, Taft Hotel

Harold Craig Severance (1 July 1879 – 2 September 1941) was an American architect who designed a number of well-known buildings in New York City, including the Coca-Cola Building, Nelson Tower and most prominently, 40 Wall Street.[1]


He was born on 1 July 1879 to George Craig Severance and Emma Alida Gilbert. He married Faith Griswold Thompson.

In his early career, Severance worked for Carrere and Hastings and later, in partnership with William Van Alen.[1] The partnership ended on unfriendly terms, and in the late 1920s, the two found themselves in competition to build the world's tallest building, with Severance's 40 Wall Street and Van Alen's, Chrysler Building. Although the Chrysler Building claimed victory with its spire at 1,046 feet, Severance protested that his building had the highest usable space. The issue became moot when the Empire State Building was completed less than a year later.

He died on 2 September 1941.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "H. C. Severance, 62, Architect, Is Dead. Bank of Manhattan Designer Had 'Altitude' Building Race With Van Alen, Ex-Partner. Active In Field 41 Years. He Also Drew Plans for Taft Hotel, Nelson Tower and 50 Broadway Structure". New York Times. September 3, 1941. Retrieved 2015-10-02.

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