July 26, 1997
Regarding David W. Harlowe's letter (July 19) on the Paris Louvre expansion by I.M. Pei: The criticism of the pyramid entry designed to provide access to the two wings of the Louvre was thoroughly covered at the opening several years ago and applauded by the Parisians once they discovered the logic of choice to visit either wing. The incidental joys of the underground facilities such as cafeterias, toilet rooms, bookstore and a host of administrative spaces were not a "vast maze of intimate rooms stuffed with art" since the expanded hanging spaces for art were provided by the old Louvre wing vacated by the Finance Ministry and moved to a new building in the Bercy District.
November 5, 1989
Every day, as I read our L.A. Times I ask myself "Do I like the new format?" It is not an easy question to answer, but the Oct. 22 Sunday Times spurred me to compliment you on your Real Estate section. But what motivated me to write was the article written by Leon Whiteson on the I. M. Pei building for the Creative Artists Agency. He describes the building glowingly, which I have eagerly watched being built, but also states that such a "building doesn't seem to fit where it is placed."
July 2, 1989 |
Clouds scud across the Ile de France even on lovely summer days. These days their billowing reflections are seen in a massive crystalline glass and steel pyramid unveiled earlier this year in the Napoleon court of the Louvre. It is the symbolic centerpiece of a $1-billion renovation being carried out on what is arguably the world's greatest art museum. The project was designed by the Sino-American architect I. M. Pei at the behest of French President Francois Mitterand .
January 30, 1999 |
Light, nature, the scale of the human body--the Modernists believed these elements could be used to cure many of the world's social ills. Few architects have clung to that faith more than I.M. Pei, the octogenarian who has translated that formula into myriad highly refined architectural landmarks.
July 8, 1997 |
UCLA will announce its largest construction project ever today when it unveils plans to replace its earthquake-damaged medical center with a complex designed under the direction of world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. The $1.1-billion project of more than 1.
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November 21, 2003 |
Eason Leonard, 83, an architect whose firm worked on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the United States Holocaust Museum, died of pneumonia Nov. 13 in Carmel. Leonard was a founding partner of I.M. Pei & Partners, now known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. For more than 30 years, he hired and managed architects who worked worldwide for the Manhattan firm.