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Our Legacy

Few architectural practices survive past the careers of their founders and only a handful have reached the century mark. HLW defies that convention by leveraging our experience to address new and increasingly complex architectural challenges.

Established in 1885

HLW was founded in 1885 by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz, son of American Institute of Architects founder Leopold Eidlitz. By 1910, the firm boasted a small number of high-profile commissions and completed projects, including One Times Square. Over the next century, HLW would go on to design several iconic New York City structures and nationally renowned research campuses, including: the Verizon Building, 60 Hudson Street, One Wall Street, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Goddard Space Center, and the Argonne National Laboratory. 

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Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz

Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz

New York, NY

Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz formally founds his architectural practice. The firm has been in continuous operation since.


Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz

Metropolitan Telephone Building

New York, NY

The firm makes its first mark on New York City with the Metropolitan Telephone Building on Cortlandt Street, marking the beginning of its pioneering work in the telecommunications sector.


Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz

Buffalo Public Library

Buffalo, NY

The completion of the Buffalo Public Library showcases the firm’s skill in designing public spaces.


Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz

Western Electric building complex at 455-465 West St

New York, NY

The firm commences design for the Western Electric building complex at 455-465 West St, further cementing its reputation in telecommunications architecture.


Eidlitz & McKenzie

Eidlitz & McKenzie

New York, NY

The firm becomes Eidlitz & McKenzie, a partnership with structural engineer Andrew C. McKenzie. This marks a new era, focusing on the architectural challenge of the century – skyscrapers.


Eidlitz & McKenzie

The New York Times Building

New York, NY

The firm completes The New York Times Building, a skyscraper that not only transforms the city's skyline but also earns a spot in cultural history with the creation of Times Square. Today, the New Year’s Eve ball drops from this building.


McKenzie Voorhees & Gmelin

McKenzie Voorhees & Gmelin

The firm undergoes another transformation to McKenzie Voorhees & Gmelin, reflecting its dynamic and evolving nature. Eidlitz retires, passing the torch to a new generation of architects.


McKenzie Voorhees & Gmelin

New York City Zoning Resolution

New York, NY

The firm contributes to the New York City Zoning Resolution, a national first. This showcases the firm’s influence on urban planning.


Voorhees Gmelin & Walker

Barclay-Vesey Building

New York, NY

The Barclay-Vesey Building (now Verizon Building) is completed, hailed as the first Art Deco skyscraper. This building becomes an icon of modernism, with a feature in Le Corbusier's Towards a New Architecture. Ralph Walker joins as partner.


Voorhees Gmelin & Walker

Irving Trust Company

New York, NY

The Irving Trust Company building at 1 Wall Street marks the last of the firm’s 1920’s office towers and represents the culmination of Walker’s ideas about the aesthetics of the first generation of skyscrapers.


Voorhees Gmelin & Walker

Brooklyn Telephone Building

Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Telephone Building at 101 Willoughby Street is yet another addition to the firm’s telecommunications portfolio.


Voorhees Gmelin & Walker

1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago

Chicago, IL

Firm partner Ralph Walker plays a key role in the architectural commission for the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, showcasing the firm's influence in international architectural discourse.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

The firm becomes Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

New York World’s Fair

New York, NY

The firm’s involvement in the New York World’s Fair, designing pavilions for Borden, Petroleum, AT&T, GE, and others, highlights its versatility and capacity for innovation on a grand scale.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

Laboratories at Columbia University’s Pupin Hall

New York, NY

The firm completes laboratories at Columbia University’s Pupin Hall. It is later revealed that these labs were used for atomic research as part of the Manhattan Project.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Murray Hill, NJ

The first phase of the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, is a landmark project in the firm's history, marrying architectural elegance with scientific innovation.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

Fresh Meadows

Queens, NY

The New York Life Insurance Company hires the firm to design Fresh Meadows in Queens, NY, the firm’s first foray into large-scale suburban development, focusing on community-centric design.


Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith

U. of Chicago Argonne National Laboratory & Savannah River Plant

The firm’s design of research facilities like the U. of Chicago Argonne National Laboratory and the Savannah River Plant showcases its ability to design to specialized architectural needs.


Voorhees Walker Smith & Smith

Voorhees Walker Smith & Smith

The firm becomes Voorhees Walker Smith & Smith, and completes the IBM Research Labs in Poughkeepsie, the Proctor & Gamble Corporate Headquarters, and the General Foods Corporate Headquarters.

1958 portrait of Charles Haines in a suit with a quiet smile and gazing out to the side.


Voorhees Walker Smith Smith & Haines

Voorhees Walker Smith Smith & Haines

The firm becomes Voorhees Walker Smith Smith & Haines, marking the entry of Charles Haines and a focus on research facility design.


Voorhees Walker Smith Smith &

75th anniversary

Major projects like the Prudential Tower in Newark and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, highlight the firm's continued excellence in corporate and scientific industrial architecture.


Smith Smith Haines Lundberg &

Smith Smith Haines Lundberg & Waehler

The firm becomes Smith Smith Haines Lundberg & Waehler.


Smith Haines Lundberg & Waehle

National Bureau of Standards Headquarters

The firm's name changes to Smith Haines Lundberg & Waehler (1966), and later to Haines Lundberg & Waehler (1968), reflecting internal shifts. Projects like the National Bureau of Standards Headquarters emphasize the firm’s role in government and institutional architectu


Haines Lundberg & Waehler

American University of Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon

The firm’s international projects, including the American University of Beirut, showcase its global reach and versatility.


Haines Lundberg & Waehler

Al-Hasa Health Clinic in Saudi Arabia, Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory

The Al-Hasa Health Clinic in Saudi Arabia and the Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory for the US Army Corps of Engineers highlight the firm’s expansion into healthcare and specialized military facilities.


Haines Lundberg & Waehler

Schering-Plough Corporate HQ

Projects like the American Cyanamid in NY and the Schering-Plough Corporate HQ in NJ demonstrate the firm’s ongoing influence in corporate architecture.


Haines Lundberg & Waehler

London and Los Angeles

The firm’s expansion with new offices in London and Los Angeles signal its adaptation to the changing landscape of global architecture and technology. In 1995, the firm changes its name for the final time to HLW.



Fox Studios Master Plan

HLW's work on the Fox Studios Master Plan and the Disney/ABC Times Square Studios illustrate its proficiency in entertainment and media-related architecture.



Fox Studios Executive Building

Los Angeles, CA

SAP Global Marketing HQ and the Fox Studios Executive Building in Los Angeles are examples of HLW's innovative approach in the technology and media and entertainments sectors.



Avon R&D facility

Projects like the Avon R&D facility and Discovery Networks' European Headquarters in London show HLW's continued commitment to bespoke, client-specific designs.



New Amsterdam Theater

The renovation of the New Amsterdam Theater and the design of the Hong Qiao Railway Station in Shanghai exemplify HLW's adaptability and global presence.



Google & United Nations Capital Master Plan

HLW's work with Warner Brothers, Google, and the United Nations Capital Master Plan showcase its prowess in media, technology, and institutional architecture.



CBS News in Washington DC

Washington, DC

Projects like CBS News in Washington DC and various Google facilities illustrate HLW's continued relevance and innovation in architectural design.

Lush green lawn fronts a modern architectural marvel with undulating glass facade and white supports, flanked by vibrant yellow bicycles in sunny park-like setting.



Google Gradient Canopy

HLW's major contribution to Google Gradient Canopy, and other ongoing projects, continue to push the boundaries of architectural design into the future.