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Art News: The Albright-Knox’s 1962 Building Turns 50

City’s Jewel of Modernist Architecture Turns 50

“Designed by one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, the 1962 addition to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery turns 50 today.  Standing in quiet contrast to the Gallery’s Greek Revivalist 1905 Albright building, Architect Gordon Bunshaft’s modernist addition was unquestionably new.  His August 1990 obituary in the New York Times noted that he was exceptionally proud of this, one of his smallest buildings, built in his hometown of Buffalo. Bunshaft, a partner in the New York firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill, was engaged to draw up designs for a new addition to the Gallery. Ground for the new building was broken on July 6, 1960 and total estimated construction costs were $1,700,000, and financed largely by Seymour H. Knox II.  The new building was dedicated on January 19, 1962, 50 years ago today.” -Albright-Knox Art Gallery