Antonin Raymond

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Birthday
10, 1888
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
Nov 21, 1976 (88)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
10, 1888
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
Nov 21, 1976 (88)

About

Known as the father of modern architecture in Japan; refined the use of concrete for texture and structure. He was named honorary consul for the Czechoslovak Republic even after becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1916.

Before Fame

He studied with Josef Schultz and Jan Koula at the Czech Polytechnic Institute, followed by training at Trieste. He then was employed for three years with Cass Gilbert, during which time he participated in the construction of the Woolworth Building and Brooklyn's Austin, Nichols and Company Warehouse. He served in the U.S. Army in the American Expeditionary Force during World War I.

Trivia

He received the Third Order of Merit of the Rising Sun by Emperor Hirohito.

Family Life

He was forced to relocate to Prague in 1905 after his father's shop went into bankruptcy and his mother suddenly died. He married his wife and business partner, Noemi Pernessin, in 1914.

Associated With

He worked for Frank Lloyd Wright, most notably on Japan's Imperial Hotel.