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Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space

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.  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 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.  

The film was released in January 2014 for the benefit of the American public.  The Historic Building Film Series is part of the Public Buildings Heritage Program, which GSA produces in support of the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 13287, Preserve America. For more information, please contact historic.buildings@gsa.gov.
 


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