George Shepard Chappell
American architect and journalist
George Shepard Chappell
George Shepard Chappell was an American architect, journalist (with the magazine Vanity Fair) and author. He is known as the author of numerous books, including a travel series parody published under the pseudonym Walter E. Traprock.
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STREETSCAPES | RIVERSIDE CHURCH; Traditional Trappings For a Modern Mission
NYTimes - about 9 years
RIVERSIDE CHURCH, completed in 1930 at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, embodied modern religious thought but was clad in 13th-century French Gothic. Its massive tower is now ringed by construction scaffolding, as restoration crews go piece by piece, inspecting and repairing the limestone. In 1926, Park Avenue Baptist Church, which occupied a
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STREETSCAPES/73rd and Broadway; At a Landmark Bank Building, Change Is in the Air
NYTimes - almost 12 years
SINCE it was built 1928, the majestic Central Savings Bank building -- now home to the Apple Bank for Savings -- has been an astonishing place to make a deposit. It has also offered one of the most impressive office spaces on the Upper West Side -- its old-fashioned second through fifth floors, with their terrazzo floors, wide hallways and
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STREETSCAPES/Joseph Urban; An Architect's Evocative Legacy Of Fantasy and Drama
NYTimes - over 12 years
JOSEPH URBAN was both large in life and larger than life. He loved the culinary arts, and his physique showed it. He also loved the fine and performing arts, and his career encompassed designs for opera sets, movie palaces, office buildings, a college, tapestries and books, most of them imbued with his adroit sense of fantasy and drama. Although
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Streetscapes/770 and 778 Park Avenue, at 73rd Street; Fraternal-Twin Examples of East Side Superluxury
NYTimes - over 13 years
THE construction scaffolding around 778 Park Avenue these days distinguishes it from its fraternal twin across 73rd Street, 770 Park. Both superluxury buildings were designed by Rosario Candela, whom many consider the quintessential 1920's apartment house architect. The buildings, completed just as the 1920's construction boom was coming to an end,
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Streetscapes/The Carlyle Hotel, 76th Street and Madison Avenue; Art Deco Tower Where President Kennedy Stayed
NYTimes - over 15 years
THE distinctive tower of the Carlyle Hotel at 76th Street and Madison Avenue has anchored the Upper East Side since 1930. What was John F. Kennedy's favorite place to stay in New York is now covered with netting, as engineers repair its trademark beige terra cotta. And the hotel's new owner says that after the netting comes off, the tower will get
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Streetscapes/The Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue; Behind the Stucco, the Work of Carrere & Hastings
NYTimes - almost 17 years
IN January, the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue celebrated its 25th birthday. But later this year, New Yorkers may get the birthday present. The center is thinking about removing the pebble-stucco facade it added to the building a quarter century ago. And doing so would reveal, at least temporarily, just how much of the original Carrere &
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Streetscapes/The San Remo; 400-Foot-High Twin Towers of Central Park West
NYTimes - about 17 years
FOR several months the southernmost of the twin towers atop the San Remo co-op on Central Park West between 74th and 75th Streets has been shrouded in black. Tomorrow, as the co-op progresses in its repair of failing masonry, it is to begin removing the black netting, ending for a time the funereal image. But eventually it will be the north tower's
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Streetscapes/Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street; Restoring One of Manhattan's Magnificent Churches
NYTimes - over 19 years
IN 1991 the vestry of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, at 90th Street and Fifth Avenue, told the architects Gerald Allen and Jeffrey Harbinson to plan for a restoration that would take 20 years -- or longer. The designers were not disappointed. ''You have a lot of time to think about it,'' Mr. Allen said. Now the church's newly refinished doors and
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 69
    Died on November 25, 1946.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1899
    Age 22
    After graduating in 1899, he went to Paris to train in architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
    More Details Hide Details The school then promoted classical and European medieval styles. After getting started in architecture, Chappell also wrote articles for Vanity Fair. Encouraged by friends, he wrote several humorous books during the 1920s and early 1930s. These included a series of travel parodies under the pseudonym of Walter E. Traprock. Books authored or coauthored by Chappell include:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1877
    Age 0
    Born on January 2, 1877.
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