were chosen from among eighteen thousand historical figures
contained in the American National Biography by selectors
whose own fame guaranteed that they would not be included
in a subsequent volume, among them William F. Buckley
Jr., Andy Rooney, Gloria Steinem, and Helen Gurley Brown.
we made no systematic attempt to define invisible
giant, editor Marc C. Carnes writes, we
explained that we were looking for the type of figure
who, though often overlooked in history books, warranted
was selected by architect Michael Graves, who became familiar
with Hornbostels work when he converted the Old
Law Building into the Michael C. Carlos Museum in 1985.
(Graves also designed the new museum building adjacent
Hornbostels fellow honorees are Bronislava Nijinska,
the younger sister of the most famous dancer of the twentieth
century, Vaslav Nijinsky, with whom she shared the stage
at the Diaghilev Ballet; and Blind Lemon Jefferson, considered
the most popular male blues recording artist of the 1920s.
of Hornbostels design for the Emory campus, in fact,
remains as invisible as the architect himself. His original
plans called for a mammoth central building topped with
a pyramid of terra-cotta tiles at the center of the Quadrangle.
The Theology Building and the Old Law Building were to
flank the stately giant, joined to it by an elegant colonnade;
two obelisks would have marked the entrance to the courtyard
created by the juxtaposition of the three buildings.
grand plan was scaled back by Chancellor Warren A. Candler,
who wrote to Hornbostel, From the start . . . my
policy was not to expend large amounts in buildings; but
to deliver the strength of our resources on the employment
of strong men. I regard strong men as more important to
an institution than costly buildings.A.B.
more on the original plans for Emorys campus, see
Unbuilt Emory, at http://www.emory.edu/history/unbuilt.emory.html.