On Sunday I posted “Tom Wolfe and Henry Reed,” and to my mortification was informed by a reader that the Seagram Building was not the building in the photo I used to illustrate the piece. I plead guilty. Who could tell? Well, R. Hjorth could, and did. The primary building in the photo is the Chicago Federal Center, also designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I am not seeking sympathy; an error is an error and the punishment of its revelation fits the crime. But I do wonder why it is a crime to “copy the past” – as modernists always accuse traditional architects of doing – only if beauty is involved.
So, guess which is the Seagram Building? The one on top or the one below?