William Lescaze


Born in Switzerland, William Lescaze studied architecture in Zurich and Geneva under the guidance of first generation Modernist architect, Karl Moser. He proceeded to move to New York in 1920 where he set up his own architectural practice. He is commemorated as one of the front runners of the International Style in America. William Lescaze partnered with David Howe where they designed the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society, a Modernist skyscraper which was first of its kind in the United States. He also designed the Oak Lane Country Day School and High Cross House was the Dartington Hall School's headmaster's residence, which was his most substantial commission in the United Kingdom. The property was eventually revitalised by John Winter in 1995 and is now a property owned by the National Trust. Subsequently after he received his most important commission, his career began rising up in fame in the United States where he experimented on double skin facade construction, as seen in the 1937 Alfred Loomis House in Tuxedo Park, New York.

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