Claude Fayette Bragdon

Claude Fayette Bragdon

For Rochester-based Modernist architect, author, illustrator, and theater designer Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866-1946), his many occupations were an opportunity to explore and to live his belief system of harmony and balance in all things, whether they be nature, buildings, society, ornamentation, or music.

For the bulk of his multi-faceted career, Bragdon lived and worked in Rochester, and left behind his legacy as an artist and a thinker in the more than 100 remaining structures he designed; in 20 books on subjects ranging from Henry James to feminism to yoga to the fourth dimension; and in a massive collection of drawings and letters collected in The Bragdon Family Papers, now held at the University of Rochester.

He was impressed by Ouspensky’s Tertium Organum. Claude designed several decorations for the book and finally published it. Also he encouraged Ouspensky to give lectures in New York. The book had had a "stupefying success" owing to Bragdon’s efforts and he got letters from all over the world.

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