Daniel Burnham

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Birthday
4, 1846
Birthplace
Henderson, NY
Death Date
Jun 1, 1912 (65)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
4, 1846
Birthplace
Henderson, NY
Death Date
Jun 1, 1912 (65)

About

Influential 19th-century urban designer who helped to shape the face of Chicago, Manila, and Baguio. He gained international recognition as the Director of Works for the World's Colombian Exposition. He designed New York City's Flatiron Building and Washington D.C.'s Union Station.

Before Fame

He failed both the Harvard and Yale admissions tests and tried politics for a time. He also was an apprentice with William LeBaron Jenney, being trained as a draftsman. He designed his first skyscraper, the Masonic Temple, in 1892.

Trivia

He co-authored The Plan of Chicago in 1906 with Edward H. Bennett, which represented the first effort at planning the growth of a city; it was inspired by the City Beautiful movement.

Family Life

His parents raised him in the Swedenborgian Church of New Jerusalem. He married Margaret Sherman on January 20, 1876; the couple had two sons, Daniel Jr. and Hubert.

Associated With

He was referenced by Josh Radnor's character, a professor of architecture, on an episode of How I Met Your Mother in which he was called an architectural chameleon.