Charles Demuth 1883-1935, Buildings, Lancaster, 1930. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Er, sorry -- slightly misleading. The Precisionists were a group of artists, not architects, though their work depicted industrial architecture -- then cutting-edge in the 1920s -- through an abstract lens. The current survey of Edward Hopper paintings at The Whitney Museum in New York includes one room dedicated to the Precionists, a group Hopper more or less aligned with for several years before the Great Depression.
The Industrial Revolution had long since passed but those same manufacturing innovations were being put to use in the new steel skyscrapers of America's urban capitals. Charles Demuth, probably the best known Precisionist, centered his work mainly in the agrarian communities surrounding his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- though the flattened dimensions and geometric spacing of his canvases influenced the architectural paintings of his urban contemporaries (Earle Horter, Louis Lozowick, Stuart Davis, John Storrs, Preston Dickinson and Niles Spencer). Other notables include Ralston Crawford and Charles Sheeler, who documented the Model A Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan.
Looking for a different perspective on 20th century architecture? Click through: This typology of the shiny modern machine and its polished vision of future cities would later appear in other art forms, like Fritz Lang's film Metropolis (1927) and Ayn Rand's Fountainhead (1943) -- a book that has, somewhat unfortunately, replaced anything Precisionist as architecture shorthand in the canon of pop culture.
Charles Demuth (1883-1935), My Egypt, 1927. Oil and graphite pencil on fiberboard, 35 3/4 × 30 in. (90.81 x 76.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.172.
John Storrs, Forms in Space #1, 1924. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Charles Sheeler, On a Shaker Theme #2, 1956.
Charles Sheeler, Church Street El, 1920. Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.
Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), New York, 1923.
Niles Spencer (1893-1952), The Watch Factory, 1950. Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio.