Consummate New York architect Hugh Hardy dies at age 84

Consummate New York architect Hugh Hardy dies at age 84. Pictured here: Hugh Hardy in a video still from a trailer for his book, Theater of Architecture, published 2013. (Courtesy H3HardyCollaboration)

[UPDATE, 4/28/17] A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) from 5:00 to 6:00pm.

Hugh Hardy, the New York architect who worked on almost every major theater in the city, has died today at age 84.

Throughout his career, he worked on venues like Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and, with Eero Saarinen, the renovation of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

Beyond the theater, Hardy was responsible for the revamp of the Rainbow Room and the Windows on the World restaurant in Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center, two profoundly see-and-be-seen New York spaces. Besides those rooms, many office workers who eat lunch outdoors know his designs through Bryant Park’s kiosks, grill, and cafe, as well as the kiosks in Greeley and Herald squares. His third firm’s recent work includes BAM’s Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center. That project, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, won an AIA New York merit award in 2015.

Hardy influenced architecture outside the city, too. In the 1970s, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA), the second firm he founded, completed a health center in the midcentury capitalist utopia of Columbus, Indiana.

Following his passing this morning, Hardy’s friends and colleagues took to Twitter with condolences and praise for his contributions to the profession:

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