Michael Graves, architect of several Disney buildings, dies at age 80


Michael Graves, the architect who designed the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, died Thursday, March 13, at the age of 80. Graves was known for his “whimsical post-modern style” and designed buildings all over the world. In addition to the Swan and Dolphin, he designed Burbank’s Team Disney building in 1986. This building is topped with statues of the seven dwarves and is a recognizable symbol of the Disney company. In 1989, he designed the Disney Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris, meant to look like an “art deco New York building.” Michael Eisner, former Disney president, had said of him, “Michael Graves in an architect for whom design has no boundaries. There is no such thing as an insignificant object.” Graves passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. News source: Variety