Lawrie, Lee

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Lawrie, Lee Gender: M
Max Leo Hugo Belling
born on 16 October 1876 at 03:15 (= 03:15 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 23°04' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 06°41 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 18°39'

Lee Lawrie (His "Atlas" sculpture, New York City)


German-born American sculptor, one of the United States' foremost architectural sculptors, and a key figure in the American art scene preceding World War II. Over his long career of more than 300 commissions Lawrie's style evolved through Modern Gothic, to Beaux-Arts, Classicism, and, finally, into Moderne or Art Deco.

He created a frieze on the Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska, including a portrayal of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. He also created some of the architectural sculpture and his most prominent work, the free-standing bronze Atlas (installed 1937) at New York City's Rockefeller Center.

Lawrie's work is associated with some of the United States' most noted buildings of the first half of the twentieth century. Many of his architectural sculptures were completed for buildings by Bertram Goodhue of Cram & Goodhue, including the chapel at West Point; the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.; the Nebraska State Capitol; the Los Angeles Public Library; St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York; and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. He completed numerous pieces in Washington, D.C., including the bronze doors of the John Adams Building of the Library of Congress, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception south entrance portal, and the interior sculpture of George Washington at the National Cathedral.

He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1882 and in 1883 his mother married Dr. Charles Lawrie of Chicago, whose name he adopted. Lee Oscar Lawrie died on 23 January 1963, aged 85, in Easton, Maryland.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin City Archives.

Birth name stated in Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco: History in Stone at the Nebraska State Capitol (Gregory Paul Harm, 2008): "On October 16, 1877, ... in a small village a few miles south and west of Berlin called Rixdorf, ... a boy was born ... The boy's name was Hugo Belling, but he is slightly better known to the world as Lee Oskar Lawrie, (1877-1963)."

Both this book and Wikipedia have 1877 in error.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Architectural sculptor)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession