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Empire State Building Glows Gold as Pratt Institute Celebrates 125 Years

What do the Chrysler Building, the Dunkin Donuts Logo, and Big Bird have in common? All were designed by alumni or faculty of New York’s Pratt InstituteWilliam van Alen, Lucia Derespinis, and Kermit Love, respectively. Tonight the school celebrated its 125th anniversary with the help of the Empire State Building, which glowed gold in a one-night-only birthday salute (pictured). Several blocks uptown, at the Waldorf=Astoria, designed in 1929 by Pratt architecture alum Lloyd Morgan, revelers including Stefan Sagmeister, Sylvia Plachy, and Marc Rosen (alums all) turned out in black tie and festive gilded attire for Pratt’s 125th anniversary gala, which raised more than $1 million for student scholarships. The evening also honored the latest recipients of the Pratt Legend Awards: The Pratt Family, who have actively supported the Institute since its founding; Maximilian Josef Riedel, CEO of Riedel Crystal of North America; Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

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