Projects

Furness’ projects span the building types of his day with important clusters of institutional buildings for universities, schools, hospitals, and libraries, railroad stations from the Hudson River to Pittsburgh, urban and suburban domestic architecture extending to the far reaches of Maine where his clients summered, and commercial designs for banks and later office towers that became powerful billboards for their owners. The only building types to escape his efforts were the civic structures which too often were based on classical formulae that were sufficiently static so as to resist Furness’ efforts at reinvention. Over the course of his career Furness designed some 1000 commissions from a chapel and resort houses in Hulls Cove on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island to Cumberland, Georgia and west to Cincinnati.