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Thu May 16, 2019, 05:03 PM

I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102

Source: NYT



I. M. Pei, the Chinese-born American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, has died. He was 102.

His son Li Chung Pei said on Thursday that his father had died overnight.

Mr. Pei was probably best known for designing the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the glass pyramid that serves as an entry for the Louvre in Paris.

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In its early years, I. M. Pei & Associates mainly executed projects for Zeckendorf, including Kips Bay Plaza in New York, finished in 1963; Society Hill Towers in Philadelphia (1964); and Silver Towers in New York (1967). All were notable for their gridded concrete facades.

The firm became fully independent from Webb & Knapp in 1960, by which time Mr. Pei, a cultivated man whose quiet, understated manner and easy charm masked an intense, competitive ambition, was winning commissions for major projects that had nothing to do with Zeckendorf. Among these were the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., completed in 1967, and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and the Des Moines Art Center, both finished in 1968.

They were the first in a series of museums he designed that would come to include the East Building (1978) and the Louvre pyramid (1989) as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, for which he designed what amounted to a huge glass tent in 1995. It was perhaps his most surprising commission.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/obituaries/im-pei-dead.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur



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Reply I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102 (Original post)
Dennis Donovan May 2019 OP
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BigmanPigman May 2019 #7
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 05:12 PM

1. Oh wow.

I didn't realize he was that age!! He was huge here in Philly and designed the Society Hill Towers near Penn's Landing and the Delaware River in the early '60s - https://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/society-hill-towers-6432



ETA - here they are (in the middle) as seen from the Jersey side of the river (Camden). None of those large skyscrapers seen in the skyline were there when the Society Hill Towers were built, including that "retro-style" Hilton Hotel that is sitting right on the river banks (to the right near the tug boat) -



Good recent article on him here - https://www.interiordesign.net/articles/14213-paul-goldberger-on-i-m-pei-at-100/

R.I.P. and thank you for putting your mark on my city!!!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #1)

Thu May 16, 2019, 06:34 PM

7. I didn't know that.

Why didn't anyone tell me? My sister was an architect in Philly too and my family lived in Center City for a while when William Penn's hat was the tallest thing in the city (before 1984). I feel really stupid now.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:12 PM

8. I remember when they were building the Sheraton Hotel nearby

on Dock Street right across from the towers and were going to make it a 7-story tower. But because the Society Hill Towers had been slowly sinking/shifting due to proximity to the river (and at one time, there was a creek that flowed out into the Delaware that actually came inland on the other side of where the towers are, where boats could traverse right into that area), then they lowered the height of the hotel from 7 stories to 4 (literally removed 3 floors that were under consruction). Much of that land in that area had already been filled in with landfill.

The now underground creek, was originally named "Dock Creek".



That's when all kinds of stories about Pei came out (also when they were building the Hilton, previously a Hyatt, on the waterfront) and recalling the whole riverfront development process. It's pretty fascinating - especially how historic that area is (also known for its prevalence of yellow fever during the late 1700s).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #8)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:21 PM

10. Where did you get that map from?

I'd like to read more about it.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #10)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:32 PM

12. I found the original here -

https://medium.com/@lilydipiazza/traces-of-the-colonial-riverfront-ec8b8977adf0 <--- you have to copy and paste that URL because DU doesn't recognize the "@" in the URL. There is a brief history there.

It took me a bit to find other copies of it that would post correctly. There is some more info about that creek here - http://www.phillywatersheds.org/your_watershed/history and here - http://phillyh2o.org/canvas/canvas02.htm

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:34 PM

13. Thanks!!!!!

I am sending it to my mom right now.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #13)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:37 PM

15. Cool.

There's a "modern" map of the area and you can see how the Dock Creek was filled in over time -

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 05:24 PM

2. Love the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong

With all the additions to the skyline there it still stands out.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 05:33 PM

3. RIP though I preger the work of...

I C Ake

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 05:34 PM

4. Oh my goodness, I had no idea he passed.

He was brilliant, I just loved his work especially the glass pyramid at the Louvre. Living here in South FL we get to see his Miami Tower quite often...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 06:08 PM

5. We lived on the 30th floor at Silver Towers

until we moved out of the area. There is an enormous three-story Picasso sculpture in front of the building

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 06:32 PM

6. My favorite is the JFK Library



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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #6)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:21 PM

9. He had a big impact on Boston and Cambridge.

Government Center and the MIT tower, just to name of couple of landmarks.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #6)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:38 PM

17. I thought so.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:32 PM

11. Damn! What an amazing life. I'll never be able to accomplish a fraction of

what he was able to. I didn't even get licensed until my 40s.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:35 PM

14. NCAR in Boulder CO

 

His first public building iirc. I always loved it.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:38 PM

16. Didn't he also design the Kennedy Library?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:55 PM

18. East Bldg, NGA opened by Pres. Carter June 1, 1978. I worked there.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 03:46 AM

19. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

I was there opening day in '95 and at the concert in Cleveland Stadium. That was actually the first time I'd heard of him and his great pyramids.

It's sad to see him go, but he left us his soul in the designs he immortalized.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 08:57 AM

20. I.M. Pei (1917-2019) designed the National Gallery's East Wing, which opened in 1978.

A building I've been in many times.

I.M. Pei (1917-2019) designed the National Gallery’s East Wing, which opened in 1978: #Kim


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 08:01 AM

21. r.i.p.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 11:03 AM

22. Rest in Peace Mr. Pei

An amazing life of enormous talent, you'll be remembered always!




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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 01:06 PM

23. The only architect whose name I knew*

I remember seeing his name on the Dallas/Ft Worth yellow pages cover in the 70s...I think he designed more than a few buildings there.






*Well, him and Mike Brady.

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