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Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, Mr. Despont is the world’s foremost designer of extraordinary restorations, opulent private estates, and legendary hotels, including work at the Getty Center, The Carlyle New York, The Ritz Paris, and Claridge's London. The associate architect for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, Mr. Despont is inspired by the opportunity to be involved with the restoration of another monumental New York landmark.
Cass Gilbert, the original architect of the Woolworth Building, was the primary inspiration for The Office of Thierry W Despont’s landmark reinvention. Few architects have left as dramatic a mark on New York City as Gilbert. Trained at MIT in the principles of the Parisian École des Beaux-Arts, he was an early proponent of the American skyscraper. Frank W. Woolworth's commission gave Gilbert the opportunity to develop his principles and ideals on a monumental scale.