Howe and Lescaze, The Museum of Modern Art, 1930.
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In 1930, after the MoMA’s trustees approached architects William Howe
and George Lescaze to design the institution’s inaugural home, they
submitted six schemes—blocky and modernist creations not normally ascribed to museums.
The most “ambitious” of the designs, according to the duo, was number
four, which featured cantilevered galleries taking the form of a jenga
tower about to topple. In the end, Howe and Lescaze didn’t get the job. MoMA ended up commissioning Edward Durell Stone and Philip Goodwin to create the modernist building that opened in 1939.