Every once in a while I encounter a prolific architect, one who left mark on the skyline of various cities, and wonder why I have not heard his name before. Today is one of those days. In fact, Daniel Burnham (1846-1912) looks like he may generate more than one post. Today we focus on Chicago. A city with iconic architecture. Burnham was born in Henderson, New York. Wikipedia states: A proponent of the Beaux-Arts movement, he may have been, “the most successful power broker the American architectural profession has ever produced.” Burnham was also responsible for the master plans for Chicago, Manila, Baguio, and Washington. He apprenticed under William LeBaron Jenney of Lorin & Jenney. Later he formed a partnership with John Wellborn Root. With regards his education, the irony is that Burnham obtained honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale, universities that had earlier rejected him.
Union Stock Yard Gate
Marshall Field and Company Building
The Gogo Building