Born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1918, Hammond began his study of architecture at the University of Michigan in 1936. He soon transfered to the Illinois Institute of Technology to study under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1942. Imbued with the Miesian aesthetic, in 1946 he joined the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, a firm devoted to building modern buildings using the most current technology. He stayed at SOM until 1961 when he joined Peter Roesch in an independent pratice that continued for a decade. In 1971 Hammond and Tom Beeby organized Hammond, Beeby & Babka, a firm that has designed numerous award-winning buildings. Hammond was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1974. He died in Chicago, Illinois, in 1986.
Hammond speaks about his family background; his education; Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34; the Saarinens; SOM; Mies and the Illinois Institute of Technology; World War II; prefabricated housing; working with Harry Weese at the University of Maryland; partnership; Episcopal Church Center; successful projects.
Episcopal Church Center, St. James Cathedral; Chicago, IL, 1969. Photograph by David Skidmore, courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
First National Bank of Ripon; Ripon, Wisconsin, 1975.
"I knew that I would differ with [Mies van der Rohe] because I had more interest in other facets of the Modern Movement than he allowed or than people around him felt that he allowed. Mies was a lot more catholic in his interests and a lot more interested in traditional things than his students thought. I was fortunate in having some Beaux-Arts background as I sort of instinctively understood that his thinking was rooted very heavily in traditional values and that it wasn't just a new thing that came up, as he said, 'the new architecture of the morning.' His wasn't a 'new morning' architecture because his was so heavily rooted, which almost everybody clearly realizes now." (p. 21)
32 min 6 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
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Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 37 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
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