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Simon Breines, 97; Architect Designed Bronx Public Library

September 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Simon Breines, 97, the Landmarks Conservancy of New York's first president and the designer of the Grand Concourse Public Library in the Bronx, died Sept. 16 in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Breines, who was the architect member of the Art Commission of New York City, also designed the Lexington School for the Deaf.

He co-wrote "The Pedestrian Revolution: Streets Without Cars" (1974) with William Dean and "The Book of Houses" (1946) with housing economist John Dean.

Born in Brooklyn, Breines graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture in 1941. As head of the civic design committee of the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter, he advised the city on its 1961 revision of its zoning resolution. He also served on the boards of the Citizens Union of the City of New York and the Municipal Art Society.

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