Ralph Thomas Walker

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Ralph Thomas Walker


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Waterbury, Connecticut

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Educated at MIT Ralph Thomas Walker spent his entire career with the firm McKenzie, Voorhees and Gmelin. He was considered one of the foremost 20th century designers "responsible for redefining the skyscrapers both in New York and across America" and was closely involved in the design of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Walker was a president of the AIA and in 1957 the New York Times named him the “Architect of the Century”when he received the Centennial Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects. He practiced in Boston, Montreal, New York City and Newark where he designed New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building.
At the end of his life the architect lived in Chappaqua, N.Y.


Holiday.K. Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century. Rizzoli 2012.ISBN-13: 978-0847838882
Ralph Walker, architect, of Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker; Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith; Voorhees, Walker, Smith & Smith.New York, Henahan House, 1957.
Bzdak,M.The architecture of Ralph Thomas Walker, 1919-1939. Ph. D.Dissertation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1995.
Ralph Walker bibliography.[Charlottesville, Va.] : American Association of Architectural Bibliographers, 1960, cover 1959.
[Charlottesville, Va.] : American Association of Architectural Bibliographers, 1960, cover 1959. AIA New York : Aldus, 1961.
Ralph T. Walker Papers, 1916-1970. Syracuse University.

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