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Van Alen Books (former)

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A bookstore dedicated to the sale of architecture and design books, public reading room, and event space

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Flatiron
Commercial, Arts and Entertainment, Education

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By Juliet Ingber


Van Alen Institute was founded in 1894; however, at that time it was named the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects. It was founded with the intent of perpetuating the style and pedagogy of Beaux-Arts architecture through competitions that would award excellence in Beaux-Arts design. Whitney Warren, an architect who would later go on to design Grand Central Station, won the first competition. Historically, Van Alen Institute has relied heavily on philanthropist support for its projects. In 1906, John Pierpont Morgan donated funding for one of its competitions. The Beaux-Arts ball was also a creation of the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects and became popular among high society outside of architecture. For many years, the Society of Beaux-Arts retained its initial style but in 1936 there was a distinct change towards modernism in a design competition for concession stands. In the 1940s, Marcel Breuer and Minoru Yamasaki both wrote...

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Juliet Ingber, Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutmans Gender and Architecture Class, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, 2013

Van Alen Books was chosen out of finding a place that satisfies a need for architects and designers to have a space for organizing and discussing architecture and design.

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