We may not remember his name, but his sculptures are recognizable around the country.
In the period before the Second World War, Lee Lawrie collaborated closely with architects Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Goodhue. His works ornament some of their most famous designs, including the Cadet Chapel at West Point, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City, the Nebraska State Capitol, the Los Angeles Public Library, and our own Church of St. Vincent Ferrer (pictured above). Later in his career, Lawrie won commissions for the US Capitol, the Louisiana State Capitol, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and Rockefeller Center.
A Flickr page has been created to collect images of Lawrie’s work. It’s interesting to see the sculptures he produced for St. Vincent’s grouped together with his other and more recognizable creations.
How blessed we are at St. Vincent’s to enjoy the fruits of one of America’s most noted sculptors.