Musée No:379.041Regular price £25.00
San Francisco Romano - Rome
Artist: Cass Gilbert
Cass Gilbert was a prominent American architect as well as a gifted artist. He believed that architecture should reflect history and traditions. He was also an early adopter of the 'skyscraper' and his designs include the famous gothic landmark "Woolworth Building", which was the tallest building in the world until 1930. He designed the United States Supreme court along with Capitol Buildings and Art Museums across many other states. He was born in Ohio and studied architecture for a year before setting off around Europe on a Grand Tour in 1880. Many of Gilbert's imaginative designs recalled and reinterpreted details of European buildings seen on his Grand Tour and typified the popular styles of the era. He was the president of the American Institute of Architects (1908-9) and the National Academy of Design (1926-33) and was a member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from its founding in 1910 until 1916. He died on a trip to England in 1934.