Hugh Ferriss, (1889-1962)

The Hugh Ferriss Architectural Drawings and Papers Collection was donated to Avery Library by his family after Ferriss' death, and has been supplemented by several later additions from other sources.


All 363 original drawings in the collection have been photographed and digitized and can be viewed in thumbnail- and large-size versions. In some cases, Ferriss drawings that have been published and credited to Avery Library are, in fact, photographs found in the archival papers portion of the Ferriss collection.

Original Ferriss drawings can also be found in other collections held by the Department of Drawings & Archives, such as the Max Abramovitz, Wallace K. Harrison, and Harold van Buren Magonigle collections. Although these drawings have not been digitized, they are cataloged in CLIO and descriptions can be found by searching under Ferriss' name.

Although caption information for the digitized drawings is not included with the images linked above, more detailed information can be found by using the accession number visible with each thumbnail. To find this information, do a keyword search in CLIO for that number in quotes, e.g. "1000.001.00342". This will bring up a brief summary of the drawing. You may then wish to select "full view" for a more complete description, as seen here.

The digitized images from the Hugh Ferriss Architectural Drawings and Papers Collection depict Ferriss' original architectural renderings of buildings by various architects, ca. 1918-1960, including variant designs for the United Nations buildings; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York; Rockefeller Center in New York; La Guardia Airport in New York; National Airport in Washington, D.C.; the New York Times Building in New York; the 1939-1940 and 1964-1965 World’s Fairs; the Chicago Tribune Tower; Hoover Dam; and three Frank Lloyd Wright projects including Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pa., Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Johnson Wax Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin. Also included are Ferriss' renderings of imaginary buildings, ca. 1920s-1930s, some of which were published in The Metropolis of Tomorrow (1929). Ferriss' drawings of important buildings in the United States were created as a result of a nationwide tour sponsored by a Brunner grant from the Architectural League of New York in 1941. Many of these renderings were later published in Power in Buildings (1953).

Hugh Ferriss, Philosophy (1000.001.00342) Hugh Ferriss, Philosophy (1000.001.00342)
Hugh Ferriss, Proposed U.N. Headquarters, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. 1000.001.00180 Hugh Ferriss, Proposed U.N. Headquarters, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. (1000.001.00180)