Gustav Maass (architect)

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This article is about the American architect. For the German botanist, see Gustav Maass.
Gustav A. Maass Jr.
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Buildings Palm Beach Town Hall[1][2]
Deerfield Beach Seaboard Air Line Railway Station[3]
Delray Beach Seaboard Air Line Railway Station[4]
Hialeah Seaboard Air Line Railway Station[5]
Homestead Seaboard Air Line Railway Station
Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station[6]

Gustav Adam Maass Jr. (1893–1964) was an American architect working primarily in the Mediterranean Revival style who designed public buildings and private homes in and around Palm Beach, Florida from the 1920s until his death in 1964.[2]

Gustav Maass was born in New Orleans, the third of eight children of German immigrants. His father was a mechanical engineer. Maass grew up in New Orleans and Birmingham, Alabama. He received a degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1917, and worked during World War I in the U.S. Civil Service at League Island Navy Yard in Philadelphia. After the war, Maass returned to Birmingham, where he designed a variety of structures, including a Masonic Temple, power plants, schools, churches, and houses.[2]

In 1921, Maass joined Harvey and Clarke in West Palm Beach, where he participated in the design of railroad stations on Florida’s east and west coasts, including the Delray Beach Seaboard Air Line Railway Station, the Deerfield Beach Seaboard station, and the Homestead Seaboard station. Maass designed many buildings in Delray Beach in the 1920s; his Art Deco style was reflected in commercial buildings along Atlantic Avenue.[7]

The Old Seaboard Air Line Railway Station, at 1300 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Florida, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with credit specifically to Maass.

Maass was partners with John L. Volk from 1927 to 1935 in Palm Beach, when he started his own firm. He designed the American Red Cross building in West Palm Beach and the original Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults facility in Palm Beach and he also redesigned the interior of the First Presbyterian Church, West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Town Council has designated several Maass-designed houses as landmarks to be preserved, many of which were in the Mediterranean Revival style featuring simple windows, barrel clay tile roofs, and stucco exteriors. Maass also used Neo-Classical and Colonial Revival styles.[2]

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  • Koskoff, Sharon. Art Deco of the Palm Beaches. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.
  • Marconi, Richard A., and Debi Murray. Palm Beach. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2009.

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