Cass Gilbert Birth:
Cass Gilbert Death:
May 17, 1934 in Brockenhurst, England
Cass Gilbert Education:
Buildings by Cass Gilbert:
- 1900: Broadway Chambers Building, New York City
- 1902: Essex County Courthouse, Newark, New Jersey
- 1904: Festival Hall and Art Building, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1905: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
- 1907: US Custom House, New York City
- 1913: F.W. Woolworth Company Building, New York City
- 1915: Completed the Arkansas State Capitol Building
- 1917: Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
- 1921: Detroit Public Library
- 1926: Plans for George Washington Bridge, New York
- 1928: New York Life Insurance Building
- 1935: U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington D.C.
Quotes by Cass Gilbert:
- "In conducting business (especially for the office) never forget that the greatest danger arises from cocksure pride."
- "Beware of over-confidence; especially in matters of structure."
- "It is only the young and callow and ignorant that admire rashness. Think before you speak. Know your subject."
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But, even if you cannot travel to New York, you can rediscover the genius of Cass Gilbert in a lavish book that features highlights from the collection. Published by Columbia University Press, Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert is a hefty, picture-packed hardback edited by Margaret Heilbrun, library director for the New-York Historical Society.
Criticism of Cass Gilbert:
"The fairly pedestrian designs created by Gilbert's firm did not prevent it from gaining popularity. The majority of buildings the firm designed were gothicized skyscrapers, the most famous of which was the Woolworth Building. Works designed by the firm during the early 1930s were competent Classical buildings which lack the originality of such contemporary Modernists as Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe."
~ Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p65.