Clarence H. Johnston Sr.

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Birthday
26, 1859
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Dec 29, 1936 (77)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
26, 1859
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Dec 29, 1936 (77)

About

Known for designing many state prisons and insane asylums in Minnesota, such as the Minnesota Security Hospital, several wings at the Minnesota Correctional Facility, and the Minnesota State Academies for the Blind and the Deaf.

Before Fame

He first worked for Abraham M. Radcliffe's firm as a draughtsman. He had to drop out of MIT because of financial restraints.

Trivia

He was the state architect of Minnesota until 1931.

Family Life

His parents, Alexander and Louise Johnston, helped build a settlement in Waseca County, Minnesota, in 1856 called Okaman, which was next to Lake Elysian. His son, Clarence Johnston Jr., also became an architect.

Associated With

He and Frank Gehry both became famous architects, albeit across different generations.