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1941Summer Session/Work Camp
1940 Fall - Apprentice Teacher, Weaving
1942 Work Camp - Paid Worker
Graduation in Weaving and Textile Design, May 1941. Christopher Tunnard,
Henry (Harry) Cobb – friend of page
Page worked on
Place Villa Marie Montreal
Kipps Bay, NY apartments
Society Hill, PA
Gramacy (?) Towers
Classes in weaving and textile design, architecture and with Josef Albers
Color, Design (Werkelehre), Drawing, architecture. A Lawrence Kocher,
After leaving BMC, Page went to Columbia, South Carolina to Fort Jackson,
army induction station. Put on interview service there because of college
graduation. Interviewed people to decide what branch of service they
should go to. Was in Army at that time. Then after several months wanted
to get into air force so assigned himself to air force. Nice major who ran
army department was sympathetic. Went to Miami beach for office training
for three months – "ninety day wonder" – made lieutenant - assigned to Air
Intelligence School in Harrisburg, PA. After that assigned to 427th Night
Fighters Squadron, Bakersfield, CA where trained for several months, made
Intelligence Officer for Squadron (S2). When training completed, to
Norfolk, VA. Put on small air craft carrier which was new and on shakedown
cruise. Planes tied down on decks. Went to Casablanca where planes
unloaded. Flew to Cairo where expected to go Poltava, Russia but in Cairo
Russians said there were enough American’s in Russia and would not let
them in, so sent to Italy.
There were operational in italy at Caserta just outside of Naples, Italy.
War was drawing to close in Italy, so put on boat and sent through canal
to Bombay, India. Took train from Bombay to Calcutta. Then made
operational at Asansol. Then opened base in China at Kunming. Were
operational in China til end of war. From calcutta by boat back to Jersey
November 1945, Captain, Air Corps
After war to Harvard Graduate School of Design to study architecture.
Forberg and Reed (for one year) there. Studied with Gropius, Breuer,
Stubbins. Bauhaus connection but also Dean Hudnut more interested in
history than practical experience Gropius wanted.Graduated in 1948 with
Bachelor in Architecture degree – 1970 changed to Master in Architecture
by Harvard. Several years after that changed to Masters by Harvard through
After graduation back to Colorado and worked for Smith, Heggner and Moore
for two years, architectural firm. Then they having internal problems and
gave them all vacation. Page came back to NY for vacation and applied to
I.M. Pei firm and given job. There fourteen years as an associate. At Pei
ran graphics department and had a lot to do with interiors. John Hancock
Building, Kips Bay, Society Hill, Lafayette Square, Mile High Center in
Denver. While there had Fulbright for a year to Italy, studying
After 14 years with Pei two people whom he had hired for Pei – Dominic
Arbitrio and Kenneth Resen – left to form with Page Page, Arbitrio & Resen,
a design firm in New York. Firm still going until summer of 2002 when Ken
called and said had to leave NY because rent would double when lease came
up. Moved it to Mamaroneck. Changed name to Resen Design. Firm did
interior work, Page did maybe 20 houses, annual reports for major firms
(they were graphic designers, not architects). Did work still for Pei
Houses primarily on Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard where Page designed
his own home.
Many remodellings on Vineyard.
Summer home of Mr. And Ms. Cass Canfield
Home of Mr. And Ms. Allen Keith
Second home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stange
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hess (Millers)
Home of Mr. Alexander Preston
Retired from design firm about 1996 to Martha’s Vineyard.
Influence of studies with J and A albers on later work. ‘Indelible
influence on all my design thinking." Completely governed by Bauhaus and
Harvard. What was being shown and collected a Museum of Modern Art also
In retrospect Page wishes he had designed more furniture. Designed coffee
and side tables for home. Designed side tables by beds which has had made
for several clients. Made bed designs, wooden supports for beds. Out in
Designed dining room table and kitchen table which is like coffee table.
After left college worked one summer for Callaway Mills in La Grange Ga
designing fabrics for mechanical production.
For living Hess or Miller house and Stamey House and this house.
"A cluster house divides itself into separate units for quiet living," by
Noel Seney, Building Editor. Better Homes and Gardens, January 1967.
House built around atria and terraces with separate building for living
and sleeping rooms, for quiet. Atria and terraces serve as outdoor rooms.
Copy framed and original magazine
The American Home
Four page spread, Don Page house
"Island Home Takes Full Advantage of the Outdoors"
Spaciousnes "The secret is to put the outdoors to work for you."
Decks integrated into the house, not tacked on as an afterthought.
Sleeping and active areas separated by courtyards and atria. Only 40
percent of house roofed. Rest is wooden platforms or tiny gardens between
sections of the house or decks. Plan based on 8 x8 modules.
Space saved by built in furniture. Vinyl floor and cypress walls. Fire
place has side vents to heat house in winter. Three bottled gas heaters
for cold weather. Entrance wall solid for privacy. 2480 square feet of
which 1100 are enclosed.
Photographer: Maris/Ezra Stoller Asso.