William Holabird

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Birthday
11, 1854
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 19, 1923 (68)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
11, 1854
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 19, 1923 (68)

About

Associated with the Chicago School and known for his role in designing the first modern skyscrapers. He co-founded the firm, Holabird & Roche, with fellow architect Martin Roche in 1883. Among their most famous designs were the Gage Building and the Marquette Building.

Before Fame

He spent a portion of his educational career at the United States Military Academy at West Point before resigning and relocating to Chicago. He was then hired by the architectural firm of William Le Baron Jenney, where he collaborated with the famed O.C. Simonds.

Trivia

He created the "Chicago window," an architectural innovation involving seemingly all-glass building facades.

Family Life

He was the uncle of nurse Agnes von Kurowsky, who was the inspiration for the character, Catherine Barkley, in 'A Farewell to Arms' by Ernest Hemingway. He and his wife met and married in Chicago. His son, John, inherited his father's firm and partnered with John Wellborn Root, Jr., renaming it Holabird & Root.

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He and Louis Sullivan were both founding architects of the Chicago School.