- William Holabird
William Holabird (
September 11, 1854 Amenia, New York- July 19, 1923 Evanston, Illinois) was an American architect.
Holabird studied at the
United States Military Academyat West Point but resigned and moved to Chicago, where he later got married. He worked for William Le Baron Jenney. He established the firm of Holabird & Simonds in 1880 with Ossian Simonds, another draftsman from Jenney's office. Martin Rochejoined him in 1881, and shortly afterward Graceland Cemeterybecame one of their first commissions. Simonds left the practice in 1883 to concentrate on landscape design, and the firm was renamed Holabird & Roche.
Together they contributed many innovations to the architecture of the time, especially in what is now referred to as
Chicago School. They designed several influential buildings, including the Marquette Building and the Gage Building. The latter included a façade designed by Louis Sullivanand was cited a Chicago architectural landmark in 1962.
William Holabird died in 1923, and Martin Roche died in 1927. Holabird's son John took over the firm with
John Wellborn Root, Jr., and it was renamed Holabird & Root.
William's sister Agnes Holabird is the mother of
Agnes von Kurowsky.
* [http://www.holabird.com Holabird & Root's current website]
* [http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2704.html Holabird & Roche/Root Encyclopedia of Chicago entry]
* [http://www.chicagohs.org/collections/architecture.html Holabird & Roche Archive at the Chicago Historical Society]
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