James Rossant, the master planner of Reston and the architect who designed Lake Anne Plaza, has died.
James Rossant, the master planner of Reston, died on Tuesday at the age of 81.Hats off.
The architect, urban planner, artist and former commissioner of the Art Commission of New York City passed away at his home near Condeau, France, from complications related to leukemia.
His work in Reston established one of the first post-war “new towns” in America. The suburban development was inspired by German architect Walter Gropius and the Italian coastal town of Portofino.
Reston was initially created in 1964 by Robert E. Simon whom the town is named after. Rossant designed Lake Anne Plaza, which was the first section of town built.
Rossant also designed the U.S. Navy Memorial at Market Square on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the National Archives.
He graduated from Columbia University, worked at Mayer & Whittlesey and taught at New York University and Pratt Institute.
He worked on the Butterfield House in Greenwich Village, the original master plan for Lower Manhattan and Battery Park City and is largely credited for the preservation of the Soho District in New York City.