Terrible news - why??
Speaking of WPC, as much as we all revere his founding of the Company and the engineering legacy he fostered and the great cars we honor today, the (very) sad fact of the matter is that he stiffed the architect William Van Alen after Van Alen designed and oversaw the completion of the incredibly iconic building that bears his name to this day (which has thankfully not been renamed like so many in NYC,) In 1979, I snuck up on a service elevator to the former "Cloud Club" which was the famous (and long-closed by then) private club surrounded by those beautiful trangular windows in the Chrysler's tower. It was deserted, sans furniture and fixtures, and quite eerie .
If you can get a copy of the book "Higher" by Neil Bascomb, it's worth the read, just for the drama between Van Alen and his former partner (Craig Severance) who designed and was building the Bank of Manhattan Building (aka 40 Wall Street ). It's an amazing story with tons of drama that unfolded just before the Empire State Building eclipsed both in terms of height. The story of the middle-of-the-night raising of the Chrysler's "vertex" is one of the most dramatic stories in the history of architecture.
R.I.P. Walter Percy is spinning.
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