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Rene Paul Chambellan

Rene Paul Chambellan
Born (1893-09-15)September 15, 1893
West Hoboken, New Jersey
Died November 29, 1955(1955-11-29) (aged 62)
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture

Rene Paul Chambellan (September 15, 1893 – November 29, 1955) was an American sculptor who specialized in architectural sculpture. He was also one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called the "French Modern Style" and has subsequently been labeled Zig-Zag Moderne, or Art Deco. He also frequently designed in the Greco Deco style.


  • Life and career 1
  • Selected architectural sculpture 2
  • Other works 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

Chambellan was born in New York City.[1] During the First World War, he was a sergeant in France with the U.S. Army.[1]

Chambellan was a resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey.[2]

Selected architectural sculpture

World War II Memorial, Midland, Michigan
Home Savings Bank of Albany, Dennison & Hirons architects, Albany, New York
– State Bank & Trust Company Building, Dennison & Hirons, architects, NYC
Beekman Tower, John Mead Howells, architect, NYC
– Princeton University Chapel, Ralph Adams Cram architect
– Stewart & Company Building, Warren & Wetmore architects, NYC
– Carew Tower, Delano & Aldrich with W.H. Ahlschlager architects, Cincinnati, Ohio
– King’s County Hospital, LeRoy P. Ward architect, NYC
– Tower, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Henry McGill architect, Royal Oak, Michigan
Sterling Memorial Library, James Gamble Rogers architect, New Haven, Connecticut

Other works

  • 1921John Newbery Medal
  • c.1928 Series of five designs in cast-iron depicting historic New York City seals, for the Miller Elevated Highway[8]
  • 1929 – Bronze Doors, East New York Savings Bank, Holmes & Winslow architects, Brooklyn, New York
  • c.1930s Tritons, Nereids and Dolphins, Rockefeller Center, NYC
  • 1937 – Bronze Doors, Hirons & Woolwine architects, Davidson County Courthouse, Nashville, Tennessee
Caldecott Medal




  1. ^ a b c Shockley, Jay. "Russell Sage Foundation Building and Annex Designation Report". New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. (June 20, 2000), p.5
  2. ^ Staff. "R. P. CHAMBELLAN, LONG A SCULPTOR; Architectural Artist Is Dead - Conceived Decorations for Many Famed Structures". The New York Times. November 30, 1955. Accessed March 22, 2011. "CLIFFSIDE PARK, N. J.... He resided here at 537 St. Paul's Avenue."
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  6. ^ Manhattan Criminal Courthouse
  7. ^ 1940 photo post card
  8. ^ Miller Highway history with photos
  9. ^ AEA Bronze Seal


  • Balfour, Alan. Rockefeller Center – Architecture as Theater, New York: McGraw-Hill,1978 ISBN 0-07-003480-X
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson Kvaran. Architectural Sculpture of the United States, unpublished manuscript
  • Stern, Robert A. M.; Gilmartin, Gregory F. and Mellins, Thomas. New York 1930 New York: Rizzoli Press, 1987

External links

  • Rene Paul Chambellan - One of Art Deco's Greatest Sculptors.
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