Works displayed included some by Francis Howse Cruess; designer of the Lancaster Theological Seminary and an architect for Starrett & Van Vlect in New York City until around 1930. The collection of his architectural renderings and designs had been stored in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania since 1948. The reception was their first public showing. Avery Director Carole Ann Fabian said the prints and original drawings will be put on the Internet for people all over the world to see. Columbia University libraries have fascinating on-line exhibitions, including architectural novelties like this dance card to an 1898 architects' ball.
What a feast for the eyes! Samples of works from all over the world were there. Especially of interest were the colorful prints from the World's Fair of 1939-1940 and the 1964 World's Fair (last month marked the 50th anniversary for the opening of the 1964 World's Fair). Avery's display noted, "Both fairs emphasized an optimistic and enthusiastic vision of the city of the future."
It's a great world where such works of beauty and expertise are preserved and valued for enjoyment and education, for all of us, and for those who are next in line to inherit our world.