Ralph Walker was one of New York’s most successful and prolific architects. Called “the only other honest architect in America” by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walker shaped New York’s skyline during the Roaring Twenties, from the iconic Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building at 140 West Street to the luxurious Irving Trust Building at One Wall Street in the heart of the city’s financial district. Walker was a master of modern ornament, using his skills as a designer to “humanize” the skyscraper and the city itself.
In 1957, a New York Times headline proclaimed Walker “Architect of the Century,” an honor bestowed by his fellow architects, celebrating his “brilliance” as a philosopher and a humanitarian. Walker invented a new language for telephone buildings across the country, shaped the Chicago and New York World’s Fairs of the 1930s, and became an outspoken advocate for his vision of a humane American city. Across the fifty years of his practice, Walker remained dedicated to defining a modern architecture that shaped and responded to human experience, from the dramatic towers of the dense city to the serene landscapes of the suburbs.
Exhibition and publication conceived and designed by Pandiscio Co.:
Richard Pandiscio, Tino Valentinitsch, William Loccisano, Mike Green, Tim Lahan
Exhibition Consultant: Kathryn E. Holliday
Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century by Kathryn E. Holliday, Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, University of Texas-Arlington
Exhibition book published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
Additional exhibition contributions by Marci Clark
Rights and clearances by Meghan Smith, CORE
Walker Tower model by Lenon Models
Architectural kiosks by Clockwork Apple
Neon signage produced by Let There Be Neon
Exhibition graphics produced by Color X
Exhibition photographs by Guillermo Cano
Sponsored by Walker Tower, Michael Stern, Elliot Joseph, and CORE