Harvard Hall N.Y.C.. 1931. Etching and drypoint. 8 7/8 x 6 1/2 (sheet 13 x 9 7/8). Trial proof of the final state. Edition 100. A rich impression on simili-Japan paper, printed by Charles White, ther master printer. Signed, dated, annotated and titled in pencil. $400.
Many architectural observers consider Harvard Hall to be the finest clubroom in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. With its three-story-high ceiling and rich, dark paneling, it is truly a special place.
The Harvard Club, completed in 1894, is considered one of Charles F. McKim's masterpieces. Its subtle red brick Georgian Revival design was modeled on the half-timbered house at Stratford-on-Avon purported to have belonged to John Harvard. McKim felt that the Georgian style was appropriate because it reflected the architecture of a number of Harvard's early buildings.
In 1902, McKim enlarged the clubhouse, adding the magnificent Harvard Hall, and then in 1905 designed yet another addition to the west. All of these structures were in keeping with the Georgian Revival style of the architect's original clubhouse.
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