Paul Gilger

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Edgewater, 2003

Paul Douglass Gilger (born October 13, 1954 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an American architect, set designer, and playwright.

Gilger conceived the 2003 off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue Showtune. In 1991, he designed the Industrial Light and Magic film studio building in San Rafael, California for filmmaker George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and in 1989, he prepared conceptual designs for the Disney/MGM Film Studios in Tokyo, Japan. With Nomad Productions Scenic Studios in San Francisco, Gilger prepared concert touring sets for Madonna (1985 Like a Virgin Tour), Kenny Loggins, Crosby Stills & Nash, Carlos Santana, Alabama, Dio, and Petra, stage sets for Whoopi Goldberg and Anthony Newley (the 1983 musical Chaplin), set pieces for the Super Bowl broadcast, and numerous sets for television.

Gilger's architectural work includes:

Other private residences of note include "Longview" in Redwood City, California and "Bridge House" near Lake Sonoma, in Sonoma County, California. Since 1980, Gilger has designed over two thousand homes.

Gilger chairs the Lincoln Highway Association National Mapping Committee. In 2012, the 25 member committee completed the research and cartography of the original route of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America, and all of its subsequent realignments (totaling over 5872 miles), a project which took more than 20 years. The resulting fully interactive online map can be viewed at the Lincoln Highway Association Official Map website. Gilger has appeared in two PBS documentaries, A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway (2008) produced by Rick Sebak, and 100 Years on the Lincoln Highway (2014) produced by Tom Manning.

Gilger's name is used for one of the characters in the popular Japanese manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo, who named most of the Espada characters after architects. The character "Gilger n'Noitra" (aka "Gilga n'Noitra") is named after Paul Gilger and Richard Neutra.[1][2]

His sister, Joan Gilger Stear, was Miss Ohio 1978.

Gilger is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, with study in set design at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. He resides in Santa Rosa, California.

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