Visited George Ranalli at his office on West 28th St. in Manhattan this morning. He is famous for the building above [click below], a community center attached to public housing in Brooklyn. It is mainly of brick – masons are considered “villains” by most of the profession of architecture, he says = with elegant design touches that most architects today do not begin to understand. The building has made waves, even winning an award last year from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. I like it for suggesting a sort of third way between the dominant modernist ethos and a more traditional way of building. I hope to write more on our meeting when I get back to Providence, but in the meantime I am reassured that Ranalli, who is dean of the School of Architecture at the City College of New York, where my mother was in the acting club with Bernie Schwartz (aka Tony Curtis), really does seek a way out of the current architectural morass.
Anyway, I’d love to hear what folks have to say about the rec center.
[Since the computer in the Doubletree business center wasn’t able to permit the transfer of photographs, try clicking here to see the Saratoga Ave. Community Center.]