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"GILBERT, CASS (18J9 -), American architect, was born at Zanesville, 0., Nov. 24 18 J9. He was educated in the schools of Zanesville and later of St. Paul, Minn., to which his parents moved in 1868, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1883 he began the practice of architecture in St. Paul but subsequently moved to New York. He is perhaps most widely known as the architect of the Woolworth building in New York, 57 storeys, 760 ft. high, and, excepting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the tallest structure in the world. Other buildings designed by him include the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul; the Endicott building, the Dayton Ave. church, and St. Clement's Episcopal church, in St. Paul; the U.S. Custom House and the Union Club, New York; the Brazer building, and the Suffolk Savings Bank, Boston; Art building and Festival Hall (for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition), and the Central Public Library, St. Louis; Ives Memorial Library, New Haven, Conn.; Public Library, Detroit. He also drew the plans for the university of Minnesota and for the university of Texas. He was appointed by President Roosevelt a member of the Council of the Fine Arts; and by President Taft a member of the National Commission of Fine Arts, and was reappointed by President Wilson. He was a member of the National Jury of Fine Arts at the Chicago Exposition (1893) and a member of the National Jury for Architecture at the Paris Exposition (1900). He was made a member of the National Academy in 1908 and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1914. He was elected president of the American Institute of Architects in 1908, of the Architectural League of New York in 1913, and of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1919.

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