P. Belluschi, creator of the Meyerhoff

February 16, 1994|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer

Pietro Belluschi, an internationally known architect whose work included such landmarks as Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, died Monday at his home in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 94.

He had been ill for many months.

During a 69-year career, Mr. Belluschi designed or consulted on the design of more than 1,000 buildings worldwide, including 50 churches and synagogues. An early and ardent advocate of modern architecture, he is best known for his design of the 1948 Commonwealth Building in Portland -- the first curtain-glass and aluminum high-rise ever constructed.

He also collaborated on the design of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral and the Bank of America World Center, both in San Francisco; and on New York City's Juilliard School of Music and the Met-Life building, formerly known as the Pan-Am Building.

Mr. Belluschi had a place in his heart for Baltimore. From 1957 to 1972, he served on the city's Architectural Review Board. He also worked on the design of the IBM building on Pratt Street, Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore and Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Lane, Goucher College Center and the Baltimore County Courthouse, all in Towson.

Born in Ancona, Italy, Mr. Belluschi came to the United States in 1923 to study at Cornell University. Settling in Portland after college, he first gained national prominence for creating a "woodsy" regional architecture.

Mr. Belluschi is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two sons; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. At his request, there will be no memorial service.

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