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25 West 43rd Street; 28 West 44th Street

New York, NY

Lobby entrance walls

Architect and Developer; The Builders, c. 1932

Commissioned by: Shreve, Lamb & HarmonMedium: oil on canvasExecuted by: Hildreth MeièreNonextant

Hildreth Meière decorated the lunette-shaped wall over each of the two entrances to the lobby with a painted mural. Over the 43rd Street entrance, she depicted an Architect and Developer in business suits. They are seated at a desk discussing an architectural plan. A skyscraper under construction is visible through the window behind them.

Mural above 43rd Street entrance. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Mural above 43rd Street entrance. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

In the lunette-shaped mural above the 44th Street entrance, The Builders, Meière depicted construction workers on the job.

Mural above 44th Street entrance. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Mural above 44th Street entrance. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Photographs of the murals taken in Meière’s studio show them enlarged from her studies to-scale propped up below them.

Architect and Developer in Meière’s studio with to-scale study below. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Architect and Developer in Meière’s studio with to-scale study below. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The Builders in Meière’s studio with to-scale study on lower left. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The Builders in Meière’s studio with to-scale study on lower left. ©Peter A. Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Unfortunately both murals were lost during a renovation of the lobby prior to 1993. Meière’s painted murals have been replaced with lunette-shaped windows.