East River, 58th Street
8 15/16 x 12 1/16 in. (22.7 x 30.6 cm)
Walter Henry Cassebeer
(Rochester, NY, 1884 - 1963, Rochester, New York )
Medium and Support:
Graphite on paper
Gift of Hiram W. Sibley
Location: Not currently on view
In the early 20th century, Rochester architect Walter Cassebeer sketched many of the same subjects as Louis Lozowick, Hugh Botts and Ralph Avery, but with a more intimate and delicate hand. Even a grimy operation like the Curtis & Blaisdell coal storage facility, on the East River at 58th St., is poetic when seen through Cassebeer’s eyes.
Walter Cassebeer received his architecture degrees from Columbia University and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After his training in France, he worked for the firm of Everett, Waide, Wells, Bosworth & Platt before returning to practice architecture in Rochester. It is most likely during his tenure with Charles Platt’s firm that he captured these New York vignettes.
In Rochester, Cassebeer’s work can be seen at the Henry Lomb Memorial, in the neighborhood of Upper Falls Boulevard and St. Paul St. Also, his measured drawings of
architectural details of New York State houses can be seen at the Wenrich Library of the Landmark Society.
[Label text, 2003]