Marcel Breuer’s legacy is also reflected in a series of interviews that provide a range of perspectives on his work. Jeffrey Aronin talked to the architect himself in 1962 and captured Breuer’s views on the future of modern architecture and his contributions to its development.

About a decade after Breuer’s death, George Goodwin interviewed several important architects of the next generation. Either directly influenced by Breuer’s work and the Bauhaus tradition (Barnes) or in opposition to the ‘mechanistic’ designs of a Gropius and a Mies van der Rohe (Abramovitz), this next generation went out to leave its own imprint on America’s architectural legacy. In his interview with Mary Hagerty, Goodwin captures the memories of a client’s daughter relating to Gropius’ and Breuer’s early work in America. I.M. Pei reflects upon his own career and on Marcel Breuer as a friend.


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Marcel Breuer interviewed by Jeffrey Aronin for WNYC radio broadcast of Architecture in the Space Age 2 Jan 1962. Jeffrey Ellis Aronin was a practicing Architect as well as the moderator of WNYC’s radio series Architecture in the Space Age and Architecture for the Good Life.

Breuer, January 2, 1962

The Special Collections Research Center holds a collection of four oral history interviews relating to Marcel Breuer created by George Goodwin from 1992 to 1993. The interviewees include I. M. Pei, Edward L. Barnes, Max Abramovitz, and Mary Hagerty (Mrs. Frances Hagerty). For more information, refer to the finding aid for the Goodwin collection.


Max Abramovitz

The achievements of Max Abramovitz's firm, Harrison, Abramovitz, & Abbe, include the United Nations Headquarters building in New York, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Corning Glass Center in Corning, New York, and the Tour Gan (formerly the Tour Nobel) in Paris.


Abramovitz, March 31, 1993 (Part 1)


Abramovitz, March 31, 1993 (Part 2)


Abramovitz, May 06, 1993 (Part 3)

Abramovitz, May 06, 1993 (Part 4)


Edward L. Barnes

Edward L. Barnes was an American modernist architect whose buildings include the IBM headquarters in New York, the Smart Museum in Hyde Park, and various structures at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Barnes, March 18, 1993 (Part 1)


Barnes, March 18, 1993 (Part 2)


Barnes, March 18, 1993 (Part 3)


Mary Hagerty (Mrs. Frances Hagerty)

The mother-in-law of Mary Hagerty was one of Breuer's earliest clients. At the time of interviewing, she still lived next door to the Hagerty House in Cohassett, Massachusetts.


Hagerty, October 12, 1992


I. M. Pei

I. M. Pei is a Chinese-born American architect; also a modernist, his work includes the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the East Building for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.


Pei, February 25, 1993 (Part 1)


Pei, February 25, 1993 (Part 2)