Coburn & Barnum

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Coburn & Barnum was a Cleveland, Ohio architectural firm from 1878 to 1897. It was established by Forrest A. Coburn (1848 – December 1, 1897) and Frank Seymour Barnum (November 25, 1850 - December 17, 1927).[1] The firm also included W. Dominick Benes and Benjamin S. Hubbell for one year and was known as Coburn, Barnum, Benes & Hubbell until 1897, when Benes and Hubell departed to establish their own firm Hubbell & Benes. After their departure and Coburn's death, Barnum formed F. S. Barnum & Co. with Albert Skeel, Harry S. Nelson, Herbert Briggs, and Wilbur M. Hall. Barnum also served as consulting architect to the Cleveland Board of Education. He retired in 1915 having designed more than 75 school buildings, the Caxton Building[2] (1903) and the Park Building (1904) (in Cleveland's Public Square), an early example of reinforced concrete floor slabs. The firm continued after his 1915 retirement under the name of Briggs & Nelson.[3]

National Register of Historic Places listed buildings by the firms include:

Projects (Coburn & Barnum)[edit]

Projects (Coburn, Barnum, Benes & Hubbell, Betsch, Edward)[edit]


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  2. ^ Caxton Building Encyclopedia of CLeveland History
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k COBURN & BARNUM Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
  4. ^ Big Fire in Cleveland December 24, 1897 The New York Times
  5. ^ Michael O'Malley Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, gutted by fire, has storied history March 23, 2010 Cleveland Plain Dealer
  6. ^ "Preservation Sans Politics: March 2008". 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ Cleveland Area History December 2011
  8. ^ Video about Parker Hannifin Hall history on YouTube
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  11. ^ George Howe Mansion historical photos Cleveland Memory
  12. ^ Bay View Hospital Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
  13. ^ North Presbyterian Church 4100 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
  14. ^ listing added to the NRHP in 1999 as listing #99000845