Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933

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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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creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Hearst Tower [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Joseph Urban : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Correspondence from Paul Philippe Cret, 1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Designs for The garden of paradise, 1914. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933. Joseph Urban papers, 1893-1998. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Joseph Urban : vertical file. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Designs for The garden of paradise, 1914 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical set designs, 1661-1975 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Muschenheim, William. William Muschenheim architectural drawings and papers, 1929-1957 (bulk 1931-1950). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Morris, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Wistar), 1870-1944. Benjamin W. Morris architectural drawings, circa 1893-1936. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Muschenheim, William. [Alterations to William H. Esq. and Eleanor Labrot residence, 326 East 51st Street, New York, N.Y.] [graphic]. File no. 20 / William Muschenheim, architect. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Rotan, Thurman. Modern American architectural views. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Joseph Urban Papers, 1893-1998 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
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associatedWith Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875. person
associatedWith Boston Opera Company (1909-1914) corporateBody
associatedWith Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951. person
associatedWith Künstlerbund Hagen. corporateBody
associatedWith Künstlerbund Hagen. corporateBody
associatedWith Lefler, Heinrich, 1863-1919. person
associatedWith Liebler & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. person
associatedWith Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Morris, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Wistar), 1870-1944. person
associatedWith Muschenheim, William. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946. person
associatedWith Ziegfeld Follies. corporateBody
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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
Occupation
Set designers
Interior decorators
Architect
Artists
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Birth 1872-05-26

Death 1933-07-10

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