Purpose of this website [Helvetica Neue]
This is an interim website in preparation for an upcoming book about Werner Seligmann Architect, by Syracuse University professor emeritus Bruce M Coleman—a reverential "labor of love."
In identifying potential drawings and photos for the book, Bruce had found mostly sub-standard images, especially since most projects predate the digital era, and some images date back to the mid-50s.
This website presents 44 projects likely to be included in the upcoming book and those images being considered, all of which have been enhanced as much as possible to make them comprehensible to the 21st century architecture enthusiast.
Arrangement of projects [Century Gothic]
The arrangement of these projects has not been determined, yet, for the printed book. At present, projects are arranged alphabetically, irrespective of project date or project type.
When dates are determined for these projects, or a different sequence is developed, we will rearrange these projects accordingly. It is intended that eventually one can peruse all of the projects consecutively, as though previewing the book.
In the meantime, recognize this is a work in progress. Send positive comments, only, to . Please keep negative comments to yourself—this is a labor of love...remember?
Bastille Opera House
Berlin Terror Memorial 1995
Beth David Synagogue
Cortland Historical Society
Cardiff Opera House
Ellis Field 1966+
Elm Street Housing
Maple Ave Housing
Science Building II
Olean Community Center 1981
Olean Fire Station
Temple Brith Sholom
Willard Admin Building 1971
Willard Rehab Center 1972
Utica Senior Housing
Housing Urban Design
Prinz-Albrecht-Palais Competition 1983
Olean Senior Housing ca. 1981
Buffalo UD w/ Colin Rowe 1968-1969
Availability of text [AvenirNext]
At present—May 2022—there is little text available, neither as narrative nor as individual project descriptions. An interim text will be posted, in late May, describing "who was Werner Seligmann?"
But, since many projects predate any still-living associates, some project descriptions will need to be cursory and based purely on observation and analysis of the drawings.
Any former associates of Werner Seligmann, who have knowledge or insights into the various projects, are encouraged to communicate with Bruce Coleman. Individual project descriptions are intended to be brief—300 words maximum.