Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Alumaglass Corporation

Alumaglass Corporation, based in New Orleans, was a custom aluminum fabrication business that was very popular with the city's modernist architects. Albert Ledner, Nathaniel C. Curtis, Jr. and Arthur Davis all ordered products from the company, and Alumaglass used the architects' award-winning projects in its advertisements.

The Automotive Life Insurance Building (4140 Canal Street; 1963) was one such project (above). Designed by Curtis & Davis, the office building was the recipient of multiple national and regional awards. Alumaglass used the building's image in its August 1964 Louisiana Architect promotion.

Alumaglass also fabricated Albert Ledner's circular windows that pivoted along the horizontal. These were used in the buildings he designed for the National Maritime Union in Manhattan, New York (1963-67).

Image above:  Louisiana Architect (August 1964): p. 11. Louisiana Research Collection, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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