Albert Randolph Ross
Albert Ross attended grammar school in Westfield and later in Davenport, Iowa, where he went on to high school, finishing in 1884. After working as a draughtsman in his father's Davenport architecture office from 1884 to 1887, he spent a year working for an architect in Buffalo, New York, before joining the New York City firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1891. After leaving that firm in 1897, he started the firm of Ackerman & Ross, which operated from 1898 to 1901.
In 1927, when he was awarded a $10,000 prize in a competition to design a new courthouse for Milwaukee out of 33 who submitted proposals, he told the Milwaukee Journal why he settled on a traditional design:
When I went into the competition I considered whether to design a building in the modern and experimental trend for a great public courthouse. I made modern sketches, but in my opinion they fell flat for this purpose. They were not typical and expressive of public work, so I turned to that type established by our forefathers.... I have no quarrel with trends in modern architecture. I take a fling at it myself. But it simply won't do for public buildings. It violates the dictates of a definite style built up through one hundred and fifty years of our history. A departure into modernism would not be suitable for a courthouse. We must be trained slowly to things violently new. The public's money cannot rightly be used to force experiments down its throat.
Among the buildings that Ross designed were 12 libraries. Some of his notable design projects included:
- Gloversville Free Library, Gloversville, New York, Beaux Arts building listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP)
- Pittsfield Public Library, Pittsfield, Maine; NRHP-listed for its architecture
- Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio, formally known as the Carnegie Building
- Carnegie Library, Denver, Colorado; now known as the McNichols Civic Center Building (1910)
- East Orange Public Library, East Orange, New Jersey
- Union County Courthouse, Elizabeth, New Jersey
- Carnegie Library, Washington, DC, also known as Central Public Library, now the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Mount Vernon Sq., 8th and K Sts., NW. Washington, DC, an NRHP-listed work of Ackerman & Ross
- Exterior design for Draper Hall, State University at Albany, Albany, New York (1909)
- Milwaukee County Courthouse, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1931)
- Carnegie Library, Good Will Home Association, Hinckley, Maine
- Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey (1914)
- Needham Free Public Library, Needham, Massachusetts (1904)
- Old Town Public Library, Old Town, Maine (1904)
- John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis. Who's who in America, Volume 4: Albert Randolph Ross.
- Columbus in Photographs: Albert Randolph Ross
- "Architect Here Wins $10,000 Prize". New York Times. August 4, 1927. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
- Wright, Frank Lloyd (1943). Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography. Duell ,Sloan and Pearce. p. 358.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Former Carnegie Library, Denver
- "Library History". Port Jervis Free Public Library. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- Draper Hall, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany
- Needham Free Public Library, accessed February 11, 2015
- Old Town Public Library, accessed February 11, 2015
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