Rene Paul Chambellan
Rene Paul Chambellan
Rene Paul Chambellan
September 15, 1893
|Died||November 29, 1955 (aged 62)|
|Alma mater||New York University, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, Ecole Julian|
Rene Paul Chambellan (September 15, 1893 – November 29, 1955) was an American sculptor who specialized in architectural sculpture. He was also one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called the "French Modern Style" and has subsequently been labeled Zig-Zag Moderne, or Art Deco. He also frequently designed in the Greco Deco style.
Life and career
Chambellan was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey (now part of Union City, New Jersey). He studied at New York University from 1912 to 1914, in Paris at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design from 1914 to 1917 and the Académie Julian (1918-1919), as well as with sculptor Solon Borglum in New York City. During the First World War, he was a sergeant in France with the U.S. Army.
Selected architectural sculpture
- 1922-1926 – Russell Sage Foundation Building, Grosvenor Atterbury architect, (now Sage House), 122-130 East 22nd Street, New York City
- 1923-1924 – American Radiator Building, Howels & Hood and André Fouilhoux architects, NYC
- 1925 – Chicago Tribune Building, Raymond Hood architect, Chicago, Illinois
- 1927 – Sterling Memorial Library, James Gamble Rogers architect, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- 1927-1929 – Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, Robert Helmer of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, architects, Brooklyn
- 1928 – New York Life Building, Cass Gilbert architect, NYC
- 1929 – Chanin Building, Sloan & Robertson architects, NYC
- – Stewart & Company Building, Warren & Wetmore architects, NYC
- 1930 – Daily News Building, Raymond Hood architect, NYC
- 1931 – Buffalo City Hall, Deitel, & Wade architects, Buffalo, New York
- – Carew Tower, Delano & Aldrich with W.H. Ahlschlager architects, Cincinnati, Ohio
- – King’s County Hospital, LeRoy P. Ward architect, NYC
- – Tower, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Henry McGill architect, Royal Oak, Michigan
- – Sterling Memorial Library, James Gamble Rogers architect, New Haven, Connecticut
- c.1932 – New York State Office Building, Albany, New York
- 1939 – Manhattan Criminal Courthouse (100 Centre Street), Harvey Wiley Corbett and Charles B. Meyers architects, NYC 1939
- 1940 – Airlines Building, John B. Peterkin architect, NYC
- 1948 – Firestone Memorial Library, O’Connor & Kilham architects, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
- Queens County Hospital, NYC
- Naval Hospital, Beaufort, South Carolina
- 1921 – John Newbery Medal
- c.1928 Series of five designs in cast-iron depicting historic New York City seals, for the Miller Elevated Highway
- 1929 – Bronze Doors, East New York Savings Bank, Holmes & Winslow architects, Brooklyn, New York
- c.1930s Tritons, Nereids and Dolphins, Rockefeller Center, NYC
- 1937 – Bronze Doors, Hirons & Woolwine architects, Davidson County Courthouse, Nashville, Tennessee
- 1940 – John Bates Clark Medal for American Economic Association
- c.1950 World War II Monument, Midland, Michigan
One of Chambellan's designs (building boss)[further explanation needed]
Rene Paul Chamberlain's work graces the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale.
World War II Memorial, Midland, Michigan
One of several promenade fountains at Rockefeller Center
- Staff. "R. P. Chambellan, Long A Sculptor; Architectural Artist Is Dead -- Conceived Decorations for Many Famed Structures", The New York Times, November 30, 1955. Accessed November 24, 2017. "Cliffisde Park, N. J., Nov. 29 -- Born in the West Hoboken section of Union City, Mr. Chambellan attended New York University from 1912 to 1914.... He resided here at 537 St. Paul's Avenue."
- Shockley, Jay. "Russell Sage Foundation Building and Annex Designation Report". New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. (June 20, 2000), p.5
- Victoria Charles, 1000 Chef-d'œuvre des Arts décoratifs
- "Russell Sage Foundation".
- "Images of American Radiator Building, by Hood and Fouilhoux, 1924, New York City. Digital Imaging Project: Art historical images of European and North American architecture and sculpture from classical Greek to Post-modern. Scanned from slides taken on site by Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton College".
- "American Standard (Radiator) Building".
- Manhattan Criminal Courthouse
- 1940 photo post card
- Miller Highway history with photos
- AEA Bronze Seal
- Balfour, Alan. Rockefeller Center – Architecture as Theater, New York: McGraw-Hill,1978 ISBN 0-07-003480-X
- Kvaran, Einar Einarsson Kvaran. Architectural Sculpture of the United States, unpublished manuscript
- Stern, Robert A. M.; Gilmartin, Gregory F. and Mellins, Thomas. New York 1930 New York: Rizzoli Press, 1987
- Rene Paul Chambellan - One of Art Deco's Greatest Sculptors.