Do Creative Minds Matter? | BIM Engine by ARCHICAD


Once the curtains lifted and the explosive, starburst
chandeliers had risen to the ceiling, Plácido Domingo, Renée
Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky brought cheers and tears at the
Met’s fiftieth anniversary gala at Lincoln Center this year.
Baritone Hvorostovsky in a surprise return, despite a brain
tumor, sang “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s

In September 1966, architect Tadeusz “Tad” Leski joined a
similar crowd of 3,800 for the world premiere of Samuel
Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra for the Met’s opening

The backstory, however, was hardly so glamorous, according to
his architect daughter Kyna. A Pole who fought heroically in
the French Resistance during WWII, Tad Leski was used to
improvising under pressure. But as the designer for Lincoln
Center and the Met for the firm Harrison and Abramovitz, her
dad found himself in a very tight spot, even for him.

Tad Leski left, unidentified draftsman center, and Wallace
Harriman right.

Having proposed forty-three designs accompanied by innumerable
perspective sketches for David Rockefeller III and the Lincoln
Center board, he was finally seeing some resolution. The
long-standing war between modern and traditional architecture
was approaching a truce. But then, just before his next meeting
with Rockefeller, Leski splattered a white blob…

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