Progressive Prairie School architect and writer who designed the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester's New York Central Railroad Station. Believed in organic architecture as a catalyst to democracy. Known for the hypercube.
His early work was influenced by Renaissance architecture and included the Rochester First Universalist Church, Bevier Memorial Building, and the Oswego Yacht Club.
He quarreled with Eastman Kodak magnate George Eastman in 1917 after the two couldn't agree on how the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Building should be designed.
His family was living in Oberlin, Ohio, when he was born, but they raised him in Watertown, Oswego, Dansville, and Rochester, New York. His father was a newspaper editor.
His progressive ideas were similar to those of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.