During this program, Catherine Ledner, photographer and daughter of Albert C. Ledner, and photographer Roy Beeson shared remarks about different aspects of Alfred C. Ledner’s life and discuss their documentary Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner.
About Albert C. Ledner
Born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1924, Ledner was raised in New Orleans. After graduating from the Tulane School of Architecture in 1948, Ledner attended the Frank Lloyd Wright Fellowship in Spring Green, Wisconsin. He returned to New Orleans in 1950, with a commission to design a house for C.V. Goldate in Metairie, Louisiana. This led to a career designing many residences in the New Orleans region, several commercial projects, and the First Unitarian Church on Jefferson Avenue in New Orleans. Between 1954 and 1967, Ledner designed fourteen projects for the National Maritime Union, including New Orleans, Baltimore, San Francisco, Norfolk, Virginia, and the national headquarters in New York City. In addition to architectural projects, Ledner designed and built household and office equipment such as light fixtures, tables, and artwork. He also designed various machines for which he obtained three patents. An example of his patented inventions is an emergency descent device to aid people in escaping from tall buildings. Albert C. Ledner died on November 14, 2017, in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the age of 93.
All photos courtesy of Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson.