William Wilson Wurster

American (Stockton, California, 1895 - 1973, Berkeley, California)

A Public Library

1923
architectural drawing | ink and wash on paper
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  • A Public Library

    William Wilson Wurster, A Public Library, 1923; ink and wash on paper, 32 1/2 in. x 37 1/2 in. (82.55 cm x 95.25 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Museum purchase: gift of Walter A. and Evelyn Haas, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Walker, Jr.;


Wurster designed this public library as a student project during his last year of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The ink-wash rendering is one of the most formal and elaborate designs of Wurster's career (he later admitted that he had little talent for drawing). It reflects a Beaux-Arts tradition that is dramatically different from his subsequent house designs. The Beaux-Arts style, which flourished between 1885 and 1920 and was especially favored for grand public buildings, combined elements of classical Greek and Roman architecture with elaborate detailing, massive plans, and heavy masonry.


32 1/2 in. x 37 1/2 in. (82.55 cm x 95.25 cm)
Acquired 1988
Collection SFMOMA
Museum purchase: gift of Walter A. and Evelyn Haas, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Walker, Jr.
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Tags

architecture, plans, arches, masonry, windows, sketches, building exteriors, fa├žades, libraries


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