James Gamble Rogers
|James Gamble Rogers|
Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
March 3, 1867|
Bryan Station, Kentucky
|Died||October 1, 1947
New York, New York
|Buildings||Deering Library, Northwestern University|
James Gamble Rogers (March 3, 1867 — October 1, 1947) was an American architect best known for his academic commissions at Yale University, Columbia University, Northwestern University, and elsewhere.
Rogers was born in Bryan Station, Kentucky, to James M. and Katharine Gamble Rogers. Rogers attended Yale University, where he was a member of Scroll and Key, a senior society whose membership included several other notable architects. He received his B.A. in 1889, and is responsible for many of the gothic revival structures at Yale University built in the 1910s through the mid-1930s, as well as the university's master plan in 1924. He designed for other universities as well, such as the Butler Library at Columbia University, many of the original buildings at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (now the Columbia University Medical Center), and several buildings at Northwestern University, notably Deering Library.
Rogers was philanthropist Edward Harkness's favorite architect, and Harkness would often condition a gift for a new academic or medical building upon the institution's agreement to hire Rogers for the project. It is thus no coincidence that Rogers' work is abundant at Yale, Columbia and the other institutions Harkness supported lavishly. Though Harkness loved Rogers's work, when Harkness donated a new home for Wolf's Head, his society at Yale, another architect (Bertram Goodhue) was chosen.
Rogers' Collegiate Gothic designs for Yale lent an air of instant heritage and authenticity to the campus. Rogers was criticized by other prominent Gothic-revival American architects, namely Ralph Adams Cram, for his use of steel frames underneath stone cladding, and tricks such as splashing acid on stone walls to simulate age. Rogers was also criticized by the growing Modernist movement of the time. The 1927 Sterling Memorial Library came under especially vocal attack from Yale students for its historicist spirit and its lavish use of ornament. But current opinion generally regards the building as a triumph, being both beautiful and functional.
Rogers's nephew, James Gamble Rogers II (1901–1990) was also an architect, who designed homes in Winter Park, Florida for the Rogers family architecture firm Rogers, Lovelock and Fritz, where Rogers II's son John (Jack) Rogers is a principal architect.
Rogers II's other son, James Gamble Rogers IV (1937–1991) was also trained as an architect. After working in the family firm as a young man, James Gamble Rogers IV decided to pursue his passion for music. He became a noted Florida folksinger, composer and guitarist, now memorialized by the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation, Gamble Rogers Middle School, and Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach on Florida's east coast.
- Lees Building, Chicago, 1893 (now demolished)
- Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago, 1906
- The Harkness Mansion, 1 East 75th Street at Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Constructed as the residence of Edward and Mary Stillman Harkness in 1908. Currently the home of The Commonwealth Fund. Designated a landmark in 1967.
- Federal Courthouse, New Haven, 1913
- Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, 1913
- The Yale Club of New York City, Midtown Manhattan, 1915
- Burnham Park Plaza, Chicago, 1915
- Plan and buildings of The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1913
- Harkness Memorial Quadrangle (later renovated and subdivided by Rogers in 1933 into Branford and Saybrook Colleges) and Harkness Memorial Tower, Yale University, 1921
- The Goodwyn, Memphis, Tennessee, 1922
- Shelby County Courthouse, Memphis, Tennessee, 1909
- Yale's General Plan, 1924
- Bob Cook Boat House, Yale University, 1924
- Ryan Field, Northwestern University, 1926
- Wieboldt Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago campus, 1926
- Ward Memorial Building, Northwestern University, Chicago campus, 1926 (funded by Elizabeth Ward in honor of her late husband, mail order and department store magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward.)
- Beta Theta Pi, Fraternity Row, Yale University, 1927
- Psi Upsilon, later the Fence Club, Fraternity Row, Yale University, 1928
- Harkness Pavilion, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1928
- Vanderbilt School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1928
- Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1928
- College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1928
- Presbyterian Hospital Building, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1928
- Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1929
- School of Education, New York University, Greenwich Village, 1930
- Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, 1930
- Delta Kappa Epsilon, Fraternity Row, Yale University, 1930
- Sterling Law Building, Yale University, 1931
- Alpha Delta Phi, 215 Park Street, Fraternity Row, Yale University, 1931
- University Theater and Drama School, Yale University, 1931 (renovation)
- Phi Gamma Delta / Vernon Hall, 217 Park Street, Fraternity Row, Yale University, 1932
- Hall of Graduate Studies, Yale University, 1932
- Jonathan Edwards College including Weir Hall addition, Yale University, 1932
- Pierson College, Yale University, 1932
- Davenport College, Yale University, 1932
- Briton Hadden Memorial Building, Yale Daily News, 1932
- Deering Library, Northwestern University, Evanston campus, 1933
- Trumbull College, Yale University, 1933
- Berkeley College, Yale University, 1933
- Butler Library, Columbia University, 1934 (as South Hall; renamed in 1946 in honor of Nicholas Murray Butler, president of the University from 1902 to 1945)
- Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, 1935
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, 1939
- Scott Hall / Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, Evanston campus, 1940
- Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, New London, 1940
- Laurel Court Mansion, Cincinnati, 1907 (residence of his aunt Laura Gamble Thomson)
- James Gamble Rogers and the Architecture of Pragmatism, Aaron Betsky, MIT, 1994.
- The Architecture of James Gamble Rogers II in Winter Park, Florida, Patrick and Debra McClane, 2004. ISBN 0-8130-2770-5
- The Campus Guide: Yale University, Patrick L. Pinnell, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1999.
- Yale: A Pictorial History, Reuben A. Holden, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1967.