Lee Lawrie at his home, Locust Lane Farm, in rural Easton, Maryland, circa 1960.

Lawrie bought his farm in 1940 and moved there at the end of the Great Depression.  By then, architecture on buildings was then being killed off by the International Style of architecture, whereby all decorative elements were stripped from architecture.  It became boxes of glass and steel.  

Lawrie was then 63, and after having spent a half century of creating architectural sculpture, he was suddenly underemployed.  However, he continued to work on monuments, medals and some additional architectural work, but the demand for his skills died when the artist and the architect, and their fields, got divorced.

The noted American sculptor Tylden Streett, served as an assistant to Lawrie from around 1945, up until Lawrie’s death in 1963.  One of Tylden’s duties as his assistant, was to feed the cats when Lawrie was traveling, according to a recent interview with Mr. Streett.

Photo from the Library of Congress.

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