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Shreve, Lamb & Harmond

Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, founded in 1929, was the architectural firm best known for the Empire State Building (1931), the tallest building in New York, at that time.

The firm was formed in 1929 by the Canadian Richmond Harold ("R.H.") Shreve, William Lamb from Brooklyn, and Arthur Loomis Harmon from Chicago. Shreve was the businessman and organizer; Lamb the designer. Shreve Lamb and Blake, after about 1920 are credited with relatively minor New York City projects such as the Forbes Building and the completion of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway. The Empire State Building is the  most significant design of this partnership.

Harmon came into the partnership in 1929, after the Empire State Building was already underway. In their first meeting with the client John Jacob Raskob, Lamb asked Raskob about his vision for the building. Raskob answered: "How high can you make it so that it won't fall down?".

Important Buildings:

3 Park Avenue
245 Park Avenue
500 Fifth Avenue
740 Park Avenue
Carew Tower
Deutsche Bank Building
Empire State Building
Mutual of New York Building
Textron Tower

>>> Richmond Harold ("R.H.") Shreve

>>> Arthur Loomis Harmon

>>> William Frederick Lamb