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Lee Lawrie
Public Sculptures by Lee Lawrie seen at 600 California, San Francisco - Elevator Doors Depicting Allegorical Figures

Elevator Doors Depicting Allegorical Figures

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This pair of brass elevator doors was originally created for the Education Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, circa 1930-31. Fortunately, they were salvaged and have been installed here just outside the main entrance to the 600 California Office Building.

These classical, Art Deco figures represent Exploration, Literature, Architecture and Drama, Religion, Physical Labor, Sculpture and Music.

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Gregory Paul Harm, M.A. Independent Researcher, Photographer, Writer Biographer of the life and works of Lee Lawrie.

"Lee Oscar Lawrie was one of the United States' foremost architectural sculptors and a key figure in the American art scene preceding World War II. Over his long career of more than 300 commissions, Lawrie's style evolved through Modern Gothic, to Beaux-Arts, Classicism, and, finally, into Moderne or Art Deco.

He created a frieze on the Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska, including a portrayal of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. He also created some of the architectural sculpture and his most prominent work, the free-standing bronze Atlas (installed 1937) at New York City's Rockefeller Center.

Lawrie's work is associated with some of the United States' most noted buildings of the first half of the twentieth century. His stylistic approach evolved with building styles that ranged from Beaux-Arts to neo-Gothic to Art Deco. Many of his architectural sculptures were completed for buildings by Bertram Goodhue of Cram & Goodhue, including the chapel at West Point; the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.; the Nebraska State Capitol; the Los Angeles Public Library; St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York; and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago."

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