LIFE imitates Mies

    Images of Mies and his work
    from Life Magazine.

    New York, New York. 1956

    1957. "Room reflecting in glass wall of apartment in Lake Shore Drive apartments. Outside view of companion building and traffic also visible."

    Nice that the popular magazine LIFE appreciated so early what Mies was trying to do.

    One of the more casual shots of him that you will see

    December 1956
    Mies van der Rohe relaxing on couch while smoking cigar and reading at home.
    (LIFE's caption says it was taken in New York, but I say Chicago.)

    Most shots of Mies have him concentrating, like this

    November 1956
    Mies in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology

    They look to be working on a model of the New National Gallery in Berlin. Or is that a student's variation of it?

    Again thinking, with the thinking man's developer, Herbert Greenwald

    November 1956

    And with Philip Johnson. The woman looks like Phyllis Lambert.
    LIFE's caption says they're "studying technical problems concerned with model of a fountain. Chicago, October, 1956"

    Must be for the Seagram Building plaza

    Here are "Bronze I-beams ready to ship from Chicago Extruded Metals Company to New York City, where it will be part of the new Seagram's Building. November 1956."

    Nice to know they were made in Chicago.

    And finally, a photo of the still unfinished Mies' 860 - 880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments.

    Bottom Photo: Ralph Crane
    All other photos: Frank Schersel.
    A few more, here.
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