Rene Paul Chambellan

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Rene Paul Chambellan : biography

September 15, 1893 – November 29, 1955

Rene Paul Chambellan (September 15, 1893 – November 29, 1955) was an American sculptor. He specialized in architectural sculpture. He was also one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called the "French Modern Style" and has subsequently been labeled Zig-Zag Moderne, or Art Deco. He also frequently designed in the Greco Deco style.

Selected architectural sculpture

[[National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan]] World War II Memorial, [[Midland, Michigan]]

  • 1922-1926 – Russell Sage Foundation Building, Grosvenor Atterbury architect, (now Sage House), 122-130 East 22nd Street, New York City
  • 1923-1924 – American Radiator Building, Howels & Hood and André Fouilhoux architects, NYC
  • 1925 – Chicago Tribune Building, Raymond Hood architect, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 – Sterling Memorial Library, James Gamble Rogers architect, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
– Home Savings Bank of Albany, Dennison & Hirons architects, Albany, New York
  • 1927-1929 – Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, Robert Helmer of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, architects, Brooklyn
  • 1928 – New York Life Building, Cass Gilbert architect, NYC
– State Bank & Trust Company Building, Dennison & Hirons, architects, NYC
– Beekman Tower, John Mead Howells, architect, NYC
  • 1929 – Chanin Building, Sloan & Robertson architects, NYC
– Princeton University Chapel, Ralph Adams Cram architect
– Stewart & Company Building, Warren & Wetmore architects, NYC
  • 1930 – Daily News Building, Raymond Hood architect, NYC
  • 1931 – Buffalo City Hall, Deitel, & Wade architects, Buffalo, New York
– Carew Tower, Delano & Aldrich with W.H. Ahlschlager architects, Cincinnati, Ohio
– King’s County Hospital, LeRoy P. Ward architect, NYC
– Tower, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Henry McGill architect, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • c.1932 – New York State Office Building, Albany, New York
  • 1939 – Manhattan Criminal Courthouse (100 Centre Street), Harvey Wiley Corbett and Charles B. Meyers architects, NYC 1939
  • 1940 – Airlines Building, John B. Peterkin architect, NYC
  • 1948 – Firestone Memorial Library, O’Connor & Kilham architects, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Queens County Hospital, NYC
  • Naval Hospital, Beaufort, South Carolina


Image:RPC0026.jpg|One of Chambellan’s designs (building boss) Image:chanin gates.jpg|Gates from the Chanin Building which led to the private offices of Chanin Image:EaglesBuffaloRPC.jpg|Eagles on top of the Buffalo City Hall Image:RPC0058.jpg|One of several promenade fountains at Rockefeller Center

Other works

  • 1921 – John Newbery Medal
  • c.1928 Series of five designs in cast-iron depicting historic New York City seals, for the Miller Elevated Highway
  • 1929 – Bronze Doors, East New York Savings Bank, Holmes & Winslow architects, Brooklyn, New York
  • c.1930s Tritons, Nereids and Dolphins, Rockefeller Center, NYC
  • 1937 – Bronze Doors, Hirons & Woolwine architects, Davidson County Courthouse, Nashville, Tennessee
– Caldecott Medal
  • c.1950 World War II Monument, Midland, Michigan

Life and career

Chambellan was born in Union City, New Jersey.Shockley, Jay. New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (June 20, 2000), p.5 He studied at New York University from 1912 to 1914, in Paris at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design from 1914 to 1917 and the Ecole Julian (1918-1919), as well as with sculptor Solon Borglum in New York City. During the First World War, he was a sergeant in France with the U.S. Army.

Chambellan was a resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey.Staff. . The New York Times. November 30, 1955. Accessed March 22, 2011. "CLIFFSIDE PARK, N. J…. He resided here at 537 St. Paul’s Avenue."