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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).