Art: The Big Tent

The 39-story U.N. Secretariat building, on midtown Manhattan's East River shore was almost completed last week and w.ork was beginning on the 59-nation General Assembly hall that will snuggle at its base. Conservative critics had been hard on the tall Secretariat, had compared its marble and glass severity to that of a shoebox or a sandwich set on edge (TIME, June 13). They were going to be equally rocked by the swaybacked Assembly hall.

Both buildings had been designed by a distinguished international team of architects, headed by Wallace K. Harrison (who helped plan Rockefeller Center). When finished, the two would make...