Charles Gwathmey is Dead

08/04/2009 2:12 PM |

4e3c/1249408941-charles_gwathmey.jpgRemember that episode of Seinfeld in which George claims to be the architect who designed the addition to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum? Well, the architect who actually designed that structure, Charles Gwathmey (pictured), passed away Monday of esophageal cancer at the age of 71, the Times reports. Weirdly, he also designed Jerry Seinfeld’s house — as well as residences for Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Faye Dunaway.

His most iconic works in the city include the International Center of Photography (43rd Street at Sixth Avenue) and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. He was also on the design team that proposed building a giant Tic-Tac-Toe set at Ground Zero. Most recently, though, you may know him as the guy who designed that horrible wavy glass thing in Astor Place (pretentiously dubbed “The Sculpture for Living“). And with the recent passing of Tony Rosenthal, the artist who created Astor Place’s spinning cube, perhaps there’s some kind of strange Final Destination-style hex being dealt out to the people who’ve had a hand in shaping that confusing 20-way intersection. Who’ll be next?

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