Alan Burnham was born on February 10, 1913, in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended prep school in Connecticut and Colorado, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Harvard in 1935. In 1940, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Columbia University. As an architect, he worked in the firm of Stanley and Sturges, which specialized in architecture for the Roman Catholic Church1.
1. Fraser, Gerald C., "Alan Burnham is Dead at 71; Architect and Preservationist," New York Times, March 5, 1984.
Robert Wagner was considered New York's "first modern mayor" by former Mayor John Lindsey1. The son of former New York Senator, Robert Wagner, Sr., politics came naturally to his stature2. His father was deeply influenced by FDR's New Deal and was the author of the "Wagner Act," which created the National Labor Creation's Board3.
1. Clarity, James F. "Robert Wagner, 80, Pivotal New York Mayor, Dies." New York Times February 13, 1991.
Geoffrey Platt was born in Cornish, New Hampshire in 1905. His father, Charles Adams Platt, was a renowned architect and landscape designer. He attended the St. Mark’s School and then Harvard College. He went on to receive a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, where he was schooled in the traditional style of design1.
1. Pace, Eric. "Geoffrey Platt is dead at 79; Led City Preservation Move," New York Times; July 15, 1985.