GSA Releases New Film
GSA to Release Documentary Film Highlighting U.S. Tax Court Building
On January 25, 2014, GSA will screen Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.
Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space captures the recollections of the modern American master architect and artist who designed the historic U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington D.C. The film is the most recent release in GSA's award-winning Historic Building Film Series, which has documented properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 2002. This special screening is free to the public (advance reservations recommended) and will be followed by a discussion with the GSA production team. The event is scheduled to take place at the National Building Museum at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Victor Lundy is invited to attend.
Born to Russian immigrants in a New York City brownstone in 1923, Lundy showed an early aptitude for drawing and painting. His talent led him to art school at New York University, but his studies were cut short when he enlisted in World War II. The young soldier soon found himself serving in Patton's Third Army in France, where he kept sketchbooks that are now part of the collections of the Library of Congress.
Surviving a serious wound that earned him the Purple Heart, Lundy went on to study architecture under Walter Gropius at Harvard University. Upon graduation, he began practicing architecture in Sarasota, Florida, designing a number of churches, schools and commercial projects that garnered many awards. In 1960, he moved his practice to New York and went on to receive the commission from GSA to design the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington D.C. In Lundy’s buildings, the structure is the design – nowhere is that skill more evident than in his 1966 design for the Tax Court.
In 2008, GSA, proud steward of the U.S. Tax Court, nominated it to the National Register of Historic Places, making it the youngest of GSA’s more than 1,600 buildings to receive this designation. Realizing an unprecedented opportunity to capture on film the recollections of the original architect for this exceptionally significant building, GSA preservationists began working with Lundy to create a documentary on his life, work, and legacy. While the film was in production, the Library of Congress acquired his architectural archive, and he donated his rare book collection to the National Building Museum.
The completed film will be released in 2014 for the benefit of the American public, who will experience these mid-century masterpieces through the eyes of their architect. To reserve your ticket for the January 25 event, go to National Building Museum - Adult Programs.