Hugh Ferriss- The Father of Gotham City


Some called Hugh Ferriss a draftsman, others called him a delineator.  More accurately– he was a trained architect, visionary designer and iconic artist.  Without ever formally designing a building himself, he is credited with influencing a generation of architects and creating the cityscape we call Gotham City.  His signature ‘moody’ style was honed during the 1920s– frequently presenting the building at night, lit up by spotlights, or in a fog, as if photographed with a soft focus. The shadows cast by and on the building became almost as important as the revealed surfaces. He had somehow managed to develop a style that would elicit emotional responses from the viewer. 

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