Albert Hadley 1921–2012

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Albert Hadley at home in New York. Fer­nando Bengoechea/​Beateworks/​Corbis Outline

Albert Hadley (1921 – 30 March 2012) was an Amer­ican inte­rior designer and dec­o­rator born in Nashville, Tennessee.

His long-​​time design partner was Sister Parish. He attended Peabody Col­lege, Nashville, and was a grad­uate of and teacher at Par­sons School of Design, New York City and Paris. He trained with the South’s best-​​known dec­o­rator, A. Her­bert Rodgers. After serving over­seas in WW II he studied and taught at Par­sons, and then formed his own studio. He then worked at the dis­tin­guished New York design firm of McMillen, Inc. and co-​​founded Parish-​​Hadley, Asso­ciates (1962–1999). Lauded with numerous inter­na­tional design awards for his cre­ative output, he worked in a variety of styles; modern, Vic­to­rian, Georgian.

Hadley’s clients included former Vice Pres­i­dent Albert Gore and Tipper Gore, Babe Paley and William S. Paley, Oscar de la Renta and Annette de la Renta, Jacque­line Kennedy Onassis, Ambas­sador and Mrs. Henry Grun­wald, Dr. and Mrs. G. Patrick Maxwell, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Mrs. Brooke Astor, and the Astor and Getty families.

Mrs. Henry Parish II, was chosen by Jacque­line Kennedy to dec­o­rate both the White House and a pri­vate home owned by John F. Kennedy before Albert came to work for her.

Albert Hadley was inducted into the Inte­rior Design Hall of Fame in 1986.


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