Queer Places:
Columbia University (Ivy League), 116th St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Yale University (Ivy League), 38 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
12 Greene St, New York, NY 10013
5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Albert Leonard Junior High School, 25 Gerada Ln, New Rochelle, NY 10804
The Apthorp, 2211 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Arras Gallery, 24 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Astoria Center for Motion Picture and TV, 34-12 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106
C.E.S. Publishing Co., 201 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Cavalieri, Kleier, Pearlman, 251 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022
Charivari 72, 58 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
Charivari, 2339 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Charivari, 16 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel Penthouse, 128 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019
Colleck, 830 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Corona Park, 86-40 103rd Ave, Jamaica, NY 11417
Cooper, Dennis and Hirsch, 59 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
Davis School, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Edelman House, 271 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Filler and Bletter House, 200 East End Ave, New York, NY 10128
Film Forum 1, 57 Watts St, New York, NY 10013
Frizon Apartment, 40 E 94th St, New York, NY 10128
Georgia Institute of Technology, Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Gerber Apartment, 390 West End Ave, New York, NY 10024
Gerber and Rothberg Apartment, 145 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Grey Apartment, 1 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
Grody and Patinkin Apartment, 200 W 90th St, New York, NY 10024
Henry Barnard School, 129 Barnard Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Huk-A-Poo/Pranx, 1407 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
Isaac Young Junior High School, 270 Centre Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Jefferson School, 131 Weyman Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Kathryn Grody and Mandy Patinkin House, 223 Clove Valley Rd, High Falls, NY 12440
Lawrence Apartment, 425 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Lewin Apartment, 118 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024
Litvak Residence, 200 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065
Lucidity, Inc., 775 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
Lupi Residence, 131 W 88th St, New York, NY 10024
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Terence McNally Townhouse, 57 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Muir and Sandler Residence, 175 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024
Nevele Hotel, Ellenville, NY 12428
Park Street Station, Tremont St & Park Street & Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108
Roosevelt School, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Rosenthal China, 41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
Sanjurjo Penthouse, 43 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
Schecter and Horowitz Apartment, 205 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Shearer Apartment, 114 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023
Stein Apartment, 320 Central Park West, New York, NY 10025
Tilly Residence, 61 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003
Tuchman Residence, 225 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Wahl Apartment, 150 E 69th St, New York, NY 10021
Ward School, 311 Broadfield Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Webster School, 95 Glenmore Dr, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Alan Buchsbaum (1935-1987) was an influential architect and designer whose work was primarily showcased in New York City.

Born in Savannah in September of 1935, Buchsbaum received his early training at Georgia Tech, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. He served for six months in the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps after graduation, as part of the ROTC program. After earning a second architectural degree from M.I.T. in 1961, he worked in several architectural firms, including Conklin and Rossant in Virginia and Warner, Burns, Toan, and Lunde in New York. Buchsbaum took a year-long sabbatical for extensive travel around Europe and Asia in 1966 and 1967, a seminal experience that shaped his development as an architect and designer.

After returning home in the summer of 1967, Buchsbaum founded his own New York City firm, the Design Coalition. It is his work under the auspices of this firm that would propel him to become the designer for many well-known and wealthy clients. His early career was based on the concept of livable, unconstrained, accommodating style, especially the High-Tech style of Manhattan residential loft living. Buchsbaum lived and worked in two lofts he designed on Greene Street in SoHo, New York City. His initial partners were architects Howard Korenstein and Rosario Piomelli and graphic designer Alan Mitelman. Stephen Tilly was a partner at the time of Buchsbaum's death. The firm designed private residential spaces and commercial spaces, often bringing industrial objects and symbols of popular culture into them. Buchsbaum also designed furniture, rugs, and wallpaper. Selected drawings and wallpaper designs were purchased by the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s permanent collection.

Among Buchsbaum's notable architectural and design projects were Paper Poppy (1968); Metamorphosis, Great Neck, NY (1969); the Tenenbaum House, Columbia, SC (1978); the Gerber House, Chappaqua, NY (1979); Buchsbaum Loft 1 (1976); Buchsbaum Loft 2 (1982); Moondance Diner (1983); Joel/Brinkley Penthouse (1985); and the Dennis Apartment (1986). Current celebrities benefited from Buchsbaum's work, including Diane Keaton (Apartment, 1979), Ellen Barkin (Loft, 1984), and Bette Midler (Loft, 1984). As sidelines Buchsbaum pursued photography and became a food critic, writing occasional restaurant reviews for the Village Voice under the pseudonym FAT.

Buchsbaum’s work has been published in practically every design magazine in the United States as well as in Japan, France, Italy, England, and Germany. He was a guest lecturer for the Pratt Institute, New York University, the New School of Social Research, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Open Atelier. He also taught architectural design at City College of New York, Columbia University, and Yale University.

Although Buchsbaum is well-known for his innovative, free-flowing design and romantic modernism, he is quoted in Alan Buchsbaum, Architect and Designer: The Mechanics of Taste, (edited by Frederic Schwartz): Please don’t pin any label on my work. I have no philosophy to speak of, there’s no ideological content in my work. (p. 78)

Buchsbaum died of complications from AIDS on April 10, 1987 in New York City. After his death, projects were generally completed by his partners at Design Coalition. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Buchsbaum Smiley.

Osborne Apartments, 205 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019

The San Remo, NYC

Terrence McNally Townhouse

C.E.S. Publishing Co.

Lawrence Apartment

Wahl Apartment

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