– July 10
) Born in Vienna
, died in New York City
, trained as an architect, known also for his theatrical design and his early illustrations of children's books. Immigrated to the United States
in 1912 to become the art director of the Boston Opera House
. Two years later he moved to New York where he designed productions for the Ziegfeld Follies
and the Metropolitan Opera
. Most of Urban's architectural work in the United States has been demolished, with the exceptions of Mar-A-Lago
in Palm Beach, Florida
and the The New School
and the base of The Hearst Tower
in New York City
. The color gel
Urban Blue (Roscolux #81) is named for him.
U.S. Architecture and Interior Design
This partial list
omits unbilt projects.
- Austrian Pavilion, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
- Sherman Hotel Tiger Room, Chicago, 1920
- Wiener Werkstätte Showroom, NYC, 1922
- Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, 1925-1926
- Demarest Little Castle, Palm Beach, Florida, 1926
- Paramount Theater, Sunrise Building, Palm Beach, Florida, 1926
- Biddle House, Palm Beach,1926
- Bath and Tennis Club, Palm Beach, Florida, July 1926
- Ziegfeld Theatre, 1926-27
- St. Regis Hotel Roof Garden, 1927-1928
- Hotel Gibson Roof Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1928
- Bossert Hotel, Grill Room, Brooklyn, 1928
- Bedell Department Store, New York City, 1928
- William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, 1928, 1932
- (Hearst) International Magazine Building, 1928-1929
- Central Park Casino, 1929
- Metropolitan Museum of Art 11th annual exhibition of American Industrial Art, 1929
- The Gingerbread Castle Hamburg NJ, 1929
- New School for Social Research NYC, 1929-1931
- Atlantic Beach Club, Long Island, NY, 1930-1931
- Park Avenue Restaurant, 1931
- Congress Hotel, Joseph Urban Room, Chicago, Illinois, 1932
- Omni William Penn Hotel, Urban Room Pittsburgh, PA, 1929
- Katherine Brush Apartment, 1933
- Randolph, Carter; and Cole, Robert Reed (1992). Joseph Urban: Architecture, Theater, Opera, Film. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.).
- Aronson, Arnold; and Ostergard, Derek E. and Smith, Matthew Wilson (2000). Architect of Dreams: The Theatrical Vision of Joseph Urban. NY NY: Columbia University. ISBN 1–88-491908-1.
- Goldberger, Paul "At the Cooper-Hewitt, Designs of Joseph Urban". New York Times. .
- (1934). "Joseph Urban". Architecture LXIX (5): pp. 251–290.