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Robert von Ezdorf

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Robert von Ezdorf (August 15, 1889 – March 26, 1956) was an American architect and composer. He specialized in high-rise office buildings and also designed the interiors of the Commodore Hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria and Hotel Hershey as well as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the firm of Cross and Cross where he served as chief designer. He also worked at McKim, Mead, and White. Von Ezdorf also designed much of Oak Ridge's Secret City, including the reactor used in developing the atomic bomb. Biography He was born on August 15, 1889, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Von Ezdorf initially intended to embark on a career in music and studied music until he was 16. He then changed his focus to building design and earned a degree in architecture from George Washington University in 1912. He studied drawing under Nathan C. Wyeth. He served in World War I as a 31st Aero Squadron lieutenant and was the f
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