Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933

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Birth 1872-05-26
Death 1933-07-10
Austrians

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Joseph Urban, artist, architect and designer for the theater, was born in Vienna, Austria and died in New York City.

His designs for The Garden of Paradise were his first for the New York theater.

From the description of Designs for The garden of paradise, 1914. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517222

Joseph Urban (1872-1933) studied architecture at the Akademie der bildenden Künst in his native Vienna. He established himself as an architect as well as a book illustrator, exhibit designer, interior decorator and set designer often in collaboration with the painter Heinrich Lefler. Urban and Lefler were co-founders of the Hagenbund, an exhibiting society similar to the Secessionists. In 1912, at the age of 40, Urban emigrated to the United States and became the designer for the Boston Opera Company where he introduced the innovations of the "New Stagecraft" from the european theater. After the Boston Opera Company went bankrupt in 1914, Urban began designing sets in New York. He designed the Ziegfeld Follies as well as all other Ziegfeld productions from 1915 to 1932. In 1917 he began designing for the Metropolitan Opera and continued to do so until his death in 1933. From 1921 to 1925 Urban was also the art director for William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Studios He had branched out to other artistic endeavors since moving to New York including designing shop windows, roof gardens and interior decoration. From 1921 to 1922, he introduced the works of Viennese artists to the United States through his Wiener Werkstätte shop.

He received his license to practice architecture in the United States in 1926 after which he designed homes, buildings, ballrooms, and theaters in New York and elsewhere. Notable examples of his extant architecture are the Paramount Theater Building and Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and the New School and the Hearst Magazine Building in New york.

From the description of Joseph Urban papers, 1893-1998. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 265033337

Joseph Urban, artist, architect and designer for the theater, was born in Vienna, Austria and died in New York City.

His designs for The Garden of Paradise were his first for the New York theater.

From the guide to the Designs for The garden of paradise, 1914, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Joseph Urban (1872-1933) studied architecture at the Akademie der bildenden Künst in his native Vienna. He established himself as an architect as well as a book illustrator, exhibit designer, interior decorator and set designer often in collaboration with the painter Heinrich Lefler. Urban and Lefler were co-founders of the Hagenbund, an exhibiting society similar to the Secessionists. In 1912, at the age of 40, Urban emigrated to the United States and became the designer for the Boston Opera Company where he introduced the innovations of the "New Stagecraft" from the european theater. After the Boston Opera Company went bankrupt in 1914, Urban began designing sets in New York. He designed the Ziegfeld Follies as well as all other Ziegfeld productions from 1915 to 1932. In 1917 he began designing for the Metropolitan Opera and continued to do so until his death in 1933. From 1921 to 1925 Urban was also the art director for William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Studios He had branched out to other artistic endeavors since moving to New York including designing shop windows, roof gardens and interior decoration. From 1921 to 1922, he introduced the works of Viennese artists to the United States through his Wiener Werkstätte shop.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED He received his license to practice architecture in the United States in 1926 after which he designed homes, buildings, ballrooms, and theaters in New York and elsewhere. Notable examples of his extant architecture are the Paramount Theater Building and Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and the New School and the Hearst Magazine Building in New york.

From the guide to the Joseph Urban Papers, 1893-1998, (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

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  • Motion pictures--Setting and scenery
  • Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
  • Costume design
  • Opera
  • Art, American
  • Theater
  • Architecture
  • Art--American (?)--Reproductions
  • Interior decoration
  • Musicals

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  • Set designers
  • Interior decorators
  • Architect
  • Artists

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