Irving Gill (1870-1936)

  • La Jolla Women’s Club, 1912, La Jolla, CA

Gill began his architectural career in Syracuse then moved to Chicago where he found his way to Adler & Sullivan’s office. He worked there for a brief time during the design of the Transportation Building for the Chicago Columbian Exposition, learning Sullivan’s Furness-influenced manner and working with Frank Lloyd Wright who was the head draftsman at the time. Ill health took him to California where he formed a short-lived partnership with Philadelphian, Frank Mead who had worked in the office of another Furness-trainee, William Price. Gill’s best works invoke the clarity of Furness planning with the simplification of the post Gilded Age manner. © George E. Thomas