Floyd to Explore Iconic Ship Design

January 29th, 2016

Centerbrook Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA, will tell the story of the ocean liner SS United States in an illustrated lecture on Friday, January 29th, 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

Entitled “SS United States, Hallmark of Twentieth Century Design,” Floyd will describe the collaboration between naval architect William Francis Gibbs and interior designer Dorothy Marckwald. Launched in 1951, the liner was the most graceful and powerful in the world, breaking the eastbound speed record on her maiden voyage. With a weight-saving aluminum superstructure, “America’s Flagship,” as she came to be known, invented a new Mid-Century aesthetic that married performance and glamour.

Floyd’s design credits include academic, cultural, and civic projects, among them the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas; the 9/11 Liberty Memorial in Virginia, and the Norton Museum of Art in Florida. Locally, his work includes the Florence Griswold Museum, the Garde Arts Center, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Norma Terris Theater, Lyme Art association, the Connecticut River Museum, Hill-Stead Museum, Manchester Community College, and Mystic Seaport Museum.

The talk, free and part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, is one of many programs that are offered regularly by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register. Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the lecture series is in its eighth year.