Edmund Bacon

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Birthday
2, 1910
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 14, 2005 (95)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
2, 1910
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 14, 2005 (95)

About

While serving during the 1950s and 1960s as the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's Executive Director, this prominent architect designed such modern Philadelphia landmarks as Independence Mall, Society Hill, and Penn's Landing. Though famous on his own merit, he is perhaps best known as the father of film actor Kevin Bacon.

Before Fame

After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in architecture, he designed several buildings in Shanghai, China, before returning to his native Pennsylvania.

Trivia

He ended his term as Philadelphia Housing Association Director to fight in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Family Life

His marriage to teacher and activist Ruth Hilda Holmes resulted in two sons -- Michael Bacon (a musician) and Kevin Bacon (a well-known actor) -- and daughters named Elinor, Prudence, Hilda, and Karin.

Associated With

While at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, he studied under the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.