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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum turns 60 this month. A true beacon of Modern American architecture, it’s been through a lot. NYC Building code turmoil, a proposed plan for a pink exterior, the death of both client and architect—and that was all before construction was completed.... MORE

A watercolor and ink sketch by Wright offers an early vision for what could have been a very different, and far more colorful, landmark. 1944. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, via The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York. All rights reserved.

In a strong nod of respect to the PanAm Building, now officially known as 200 Park Avenue, Josef Albers’s mural “Manhattan” has been recreated for the lobby nearly two decades after its removal. The mural debuted with the PanAm Building in 1963 and remained until a lobby overhaul in 2000. In 2005, Tishman Speyer and Irvine Company acquired the building. MdeAS Architects, with oversight from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, was commissioned to renovate the two-level, 50,000-sq-ft lobby. Replicated at full scale, the mural is 55 feet wide and 28 feet tall. You won’t miss it.... MORE

The original “Manhattan” was on display from the building’s opening in 1963 until 2000. Courtesy of Diane Bondareff, AP Images for Tishman Speyer.

Twentieth-century Modern American architecture was deeply entwined with the images that recorded its arrival and ascendancy. Towering above the ever-growing crowd of image-makers is Ezra Stoller (1915–2004), an architectural photographer of immeasurable consequence in documenting the history of modern architecture—known and unknown—in the United States and beyond. A new monograph, Ezra Stoller: A Photographic History of Modern American Architecture, is one of the first to present the breadth of Stoller's largely unseen archive. An essay by Pierluigi Serraino covering Stoller’s life, influences and career provides excellent context for the 450 images.... MORE

Harrison & Abramovitz’s New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, 1966.