Architect Albert C. Ledner Dies at 93

Albert C. Ledner. Image courtesy Vie Magazine.

American modernist architect and former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Albert C. Ledner died in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 14. He was 93. A cause of death has not yet been announced.

The Bronx, New York–born New Orleans native studied at the Tulane School of Architecture while also serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. His military service took him to Arizona, where he first met Wright and visited his famed studio Taliesin West. He later enrolled in an internship with him in Spring Green, Wisconsin, before returning to New Orleans to launch is own firm in 1951. Among his most famous designs, Ledner’s National Maritime Union in New York remains a landmark for its striking white façade disrupted by rows of circular windows; it underwent a facelift from Perkins Eastman in 2014. Ledner’s design of the Sunkel House, or the Ashtray House, in New Orleans has also remained a touchstone in his legacy.

Ledner is survived by his daughter, photographer Catherine Ledner, two sons, two grandsons, and a great granddaughter. The New Orleans branch of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) screened a documentary on Ledner’s work this past summer.