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Wallace Kirkman Harrison


1895–1981, American architect and city planner, b. Worcester, Mass. Harrison designed the Trylon and Perisphere, the symbolizing structures for the New York World's Fair, 1939. In 1945 he entered into partnership with Max Abramowitz, who was later famed for his designs for Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Columbia Univ. law school (both: 1962). Harrison was responsible for numerous large buildings, such as those for Alcoa in Pittsburgh (1952) and the Time-Life Building (1960) and the Exxon Building (1973), both in New York City. He was probably the most effective large-scale coordinator in American architecture. His projects included the UN Headquarters (1947–53) and the World's Fair of 1964 in New York City, and the South Mall (1963–78) in Albany, N.Y.

See biography by V. Newhouse (1989).