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Architect Spotlight: Emery Roth

This Hungarian-born architect shaped our city in the 1920s and 1930s.   Roth’s family, destitute after the death of his father, sent the 13 year old Emery to America to seek his fortune.  Always sketching, Roth early on developed an interest in architecture and decided to make that his career.  At that time, the study of architecture consisted of making endless drawings of existing architectural details from Roman, Renaissance, Gothic and other period buildings. But he excelled in this skill, and ultimately landed a position designing buildings for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  While there, he met and impressed Richard Morris Hunt, one of the pre-eminent architects of the period, and soon joined Hunt’s firm in New York.   He honed his skills, learning the structural side of the profession, and in 1898 bought an existing practice.   Over the years, Roth excelled in the design of...
Posted to Architecture on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 2:54:32 PM

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