Dennis P. Doordan

Document Type



Spring 1984


Syracuse University Special Collections, William Lescaze Papers, architecture, modernism, CBS building, corporate architecture




American Art and Architecture | Architectural History and Criticism | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


During the period 1934 to 1949, the Columbia Broadcasting System provided William Lescaze with a series of commissions that, considered together, constitute one of the largest, most varied, and most important bodies of work in his entire career.

Lescaze was responsible for the design of a major new broadcasting facility, the interior design of studio and office spaces, the design of a variety of studio furnishings such as microphones and clocks, the design of a mobile broadcasting vehicle, and the graphic design for CBS facilities across the country. A careful review of the material indicates that Lescaze made a major contribution to the development of a fundamentally new twentieth-century building type, the broadcast facility. He also contributed to the definition of the role of the corporate designer by demonstrating the advantages of treating design as an integral part of corporate planning.

Additional Information

Part of the proceedings of the symposium "William Lescaze and the Rise of Modern Design in America", held at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, on February 15th and 16th, 1984.


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