Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Gordon Bunshaft, Natalie Griffin de Blois Lever House, New York, New York 1950–1952

  • Not on view

Natalie Griffin de Blois’s design contributions to modern architecture were often overshadowed by her collaborator, Gordon Bunshaft, at SOM [Skidmore Owings & Merrill], the architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm where they both worked. Nevertheless, de Blois was the first woman at the firm to obtain the role of senior designer and was later promoted to associate partner. In her thirty years at SOM, de Blois oversaw the design and construction of some of the most influential examples of mid-century architecture in New York, including the corporate offices of the Lever House, Union Carbide Building, and Pepsi-Cola Headquarters (seen in the video Overexposed on the opposite side of this gallery).

Gallery label from 2023
Paper, wood, plastic, plexiglass, metal, aluminum and paint
40 3/4 x 37 7/8 x 40 3/4" (103.5 x 96.2 x 103.5 cm)
Model maker
Theodore Conrad
Gift of Lever Brothers Company, 1953
Object number
MC 26
© Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Architecture and Design

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