Gilbert, Cass

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b. 24 November 1859 Zanesville, Ohio, USA
d. 17 May 1934 Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England
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American architect who designed a variety of high-quality, large-scale public buildings in eclectic mode.
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Gilbert travelled widely in Europe before returning to the USA to join the well-known firm of McKim, Mead \& White, for whom he designed the Minnesota State Capitol at Saint Paul (1896–1903). This building, like the majority of Gilbert's work, was in classical form, the great dome modelled on that of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Other designs, on similar classical themes, included his large US Customs House in New York (1907). The structure for which Gilbert is best known, however, was an adaptation of French Gothic style to a sixty-storeyed skyscraper. This was the Woolworth Building, an office tower of romantic silhouette in downtown New York (1913). In contra-distinction to the high-rise designs of Louis Sullivan, who broke new ground in relating the design of the building to the verticality of the structure, Gilbert continued the skyscraper pattern of earlier years by clothing the steel structure in eclectic manner unrelated to the form beneath. The result, if backward-looking, is an elegant, attractive and familiar part of the New York skyline.
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Further Reading
W.H.Jordy, 1976, American Buildings and their Architects, Vol. 3, Garden City, New York: Anchor.
W.Weisman, 1970, The Rise of American Architecture, New York: Praeger.
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  • Gilbert, Cass — born Nov. 24, 1859, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S. died May 17, 1934, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, Eng. U.S. architect. He briefly attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then worked briefly for the firm of McKim, Mead & White. For some years his 60… …   Universalium

  • Gilbert,Cass — Gil·bert (gĭlʹbərt), Cass. 1859 1934. American architect whose design of the 60 story Woolworth Building in New York City (1913) greatly influenced the development of the skyscraper. * * * …   Universalium

  • Gilbert, Cass — (24 nov. 1859, Zanesville, Ohio, EE.UU.–17 may. 1934, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, Inglaterra). Arquitecto estadounidense. Asistió por un corto período al MIT y después trabajó brevemente para la firma de McKim, Mead & White. Por algunos años su… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Cass Gilbert — (November 29, 1859 ndash; May 17, 1934) was a pioneering American architect.cite book | last = Christen | first = Barbara S. | coauthors = Flanders, Steven | title = Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain | publisher = W.W.… …   Wikipedia

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  • Cass Gilbert — (* 24. November 1859 in Zanesville, Ohio; † 17. Mai 1934 in Brockenhurst, England) war ein US amerikanischer Architekt. Er studierte am MIT und arbeitete zuerst für die Architekturfirma McKim, Mead …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Gilbert — /gil beuhrt/, n. 1. Cass, 1859 1934, U.S. architect. 2. Henry Franklin Belknap /bel nap/, 1868 1928, U.S. composer. 3. Sir Humphrey, 1537 83, English soldier, navigator, and colonizer in America. 4. John (John Pringle), 1895 1936, U.S. film actor …   Universalium

  • Gilbert — (De W. Gilbert, físico inglés.) ► sustantivo masculino FÍSICA Denominación del gilbertio en la nomenclatura internacional. * * * gilbert. (Del ingl. gilbert, y este de W. Gilbert, 1544 1603, físico inglés). m. Fís. Unidad de fuerza magnetomotriz… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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