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Cass Gilbert (1859 - 1934)

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Cass Gilbert
Born in Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
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Died in Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Sep 2017
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Cass Gilbert was among America's foremost architects of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries; he studied both in America (Macalester College; MIT) and in Europe, and designed scores of notable structures ranging from private residences to the Minnesota state Capitol to New York's Woolworth skyscraper -- for years the tallest building in the world -- to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington. He was President of the American Institute of Architects from 1908-09.

Gilbert and his wife Julia had four children, Emily Finch Gilbert (16 December, 1888 - 28 April 1962), Elizabeth Wheeler Gilbert (15 July, 1890 - abt 21 September, 1904), Julia Swift (Gilbert) Post (30 April, 1892 - 7 August 1934), and Cass Gilbert, Jr. (10 May, 1894 - 8 July 1975).

Following his death in England in 1934, Gilbert was eulogized by the Times of London as “the most remarkable architect of his generation in America.” The New York Times seconded that assessment, mourning that “New York City has lost the prophet of her distinction among the cities of the earth.” American architecture was poised at the edge of a new phase, which it rapidly entered, yet Gilbert's buildings -- whether comparatively modest homes designed for friends like the Watson family of Saint Paul, or the larger mansions along that city's Summit Avenue, or the grand buildings for which he is most famous -- have stood the test of over a century now, and remain beautiful and striking monuments to his genius.


  • Wikipedia entry for Cass Gilbert, [1]
  • Genealogy Trails entry for Cass Gilbert, [2]
  • "Minnesota History" magazine, Vol. 57, pp. 38-50, Minnesota Historical Society, 2000, [3]

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On 24 Nov 2017 at 19:10 GMT Christopher Childs wrote:

"Notables" Project -- please take note... Cass Gilbert should be included...

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