|Rendering by Albert Hadley|
now in the collection of the New York School of Interior Design.
|The Sanctuary of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville.|
Photo: American Guild of Organists
Albert Hadley lived a long life and shared his talent for design and gracious living with scores of clients and employees whose careers he so greatly influenced. Uncharacteristic of an individual of such stature in the the design field, he was modest and very private. Along with relatives, friends, and other former employees, I attended his funeral a few weeks ago in Nashville. It was as sparse and modest as he undoubtedly requested. The Sanctuary appeared as it would on any other day; there was no additional decoration for the funeral. The pastor gave a brief history of Mr. Hadley's life, but there was no eulogizing. For me, the memorial service will be the opening of the exhibit of selections from the personal archives that had been donated to the Nashville Public Library as related in my February 9, 2012, post Albert Hadley: The Zen of Seeing. Surrounded by a sampling of personal scrapbooks and sketches, Bunny Williams addressed a gathering of appreciative Albert Hadley fans with stories of his achievements and influence, interspersed with anecdotes. I have many personal recollections, of course, but that address by Bunny will be the tribute to the great man to remember.