Who Put the Evil in Medieval?

In answer to the above question: I don’t know. But some of the best letterers are architects. Take Cheltenham, designed by Bertram Goodhue (April 28, 1869–April 23, 1924), celebrated for his work in neo-gothic design. However, New York architect and architecture critic Oliver Whitwell Wilson, you probably don’t know, was a medieval lettering master. If you’ve wondered where some of Gothic letter forms during the 20s on New York City buildings come from, he’s one of the perpetrators.

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  1. J.J. Sedelmaier

    The offices of Cram Goodhue & Ferguson were located on the 12th floor of 2 West 47th Street in NYC – later the location of R.O. Blechman’s animation studio The Ink Tank. The space was (hopefully still is. . .) modeled after a medieval sanctuary, complete with gold leafed hearth, wood paneled walls, 20 foot sculpted ceilings and leaded glass windows. It acted as a portfolio of sorts for CG&F. it was a magical space to work in !!

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