Andrew Rebori

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Andrew Rebori
Born(1886-02-21)February 21, 1886
New York City, United States
DiedMay 31, 1966(1966-05-31) (aged 80)
Alma materM.I.T.
PracticeRebori, Wentworth, Dewey and McCormick
BuildingsFisher Studio Houses, Chicago

Andrew Nicholas Rebori (February 21, 1886 – May 31, 1966) was an American architect who was a member of the Chicago school of architecture.

Life and work[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, Rebori was the son of an engineer who had immigrated to the U.S. from Italy.[1] Rebori was friends during his childhood with future presidential nominee Al Smith. At age 15, Rebori began working in the office of New York architect Charles Alling Gifford making blueprints, and he also worked for architect Herbert D. Hale. Rebori finished evening high school at age 18. Later in Rebori's teen years, he studied under New York architect Henry Hornbostel.[1][2]

From 1905 until 1907, Rebori attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he met his future wife, Nannie Prendergast of Wheaton, Illinois, whose farm adjoined that of the parents of Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick. Rebori and Prendergast married in 1913.[1][3] From 1908 until 1909, Rebori studied in the Ecole des Beaux Arts, subsequently working for the neo-classical architect Cass Gilbert in New York.[2] Rebori earned a bachelor's degree from the Armour Institute of Technology in 1911.[2]

Career and family[edit]

Andrew Rebori - left - with family

In 1909, Rebori moved to Chicago as a professor of architecture at the Armour Institute. The following year, he met famed architect Louis Sullivan, who became a mentor to Rebori.[1] Rebori worked in the office of architect Jarvis Hunt from 1914 until 1922, after which point he founded his own firm, Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey and McCormick.[4] Rebori's firm eventually dissolved in 1932, and he worked in private practice by himself until 1940. He performed various wartime projects from 1941 until 1944, and then worked as a consulting architect for DeLeuw, Cather & Co. from 1944 until 1955. Rebori also worked in private practice from 1952 until 1961, when he retired.[2]

Rebori had little use for most modern style buildings, which he once referred to as "steel and glass upside-down cakes."[1] However, Rebori at the same time was known for his own pre-World War II modernist style, which was best seen in his Fisher Studio Houses development which he developed with designer/artist Edgar Miller. And, he was well known for being willing to tailor his work to a client's request, making him more of an eclectic architect than anything else.[5] "The architect is no longer an individualist, he is a follower," Rebori told the Chicago Tribune . "Today's architects just want to please their patrons." (December 22, 1963)[6]

Rebori had two children. His son, Andrew P. Rebori (1916-1952), an army aviator during World War II, died of polio on September 15, 1952.[7] Rebori's daughter, Naneen (sometimes shown as being spelled Nanneen) Rebori Donaldson (1914-1996), died on June 15, 1996. Rebori's wife, Nannie, died on May 16, 1917, in Chicago and after her funeral in Winfield, Illinois.[8] near their summer home, she was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Illinois.

Rebori died at his home at 6 E. Scott Street in Chicago on May 31, 1966. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.[1]



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  2. ^ a b c d Kim Coventry; Daniel Meyer; Arthur H. Miller (2003). Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest: Architecture and Landscape Design, 1856-1940. W W Norton & Company Incorporated. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-393-73099-9. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Chatfield-Taylor's "Bluff's Edge," 620 Lake Road". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01.
  4. ^ John W. Stamper (August 27, 1991). Chicago's North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development, 1900-1930. University of Chicago Press. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-226-77085-7. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c [1] Archived September 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Dean of Old School Architects Still an Individualist". 1963-12-22. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  7. ^ "Andrew Rebori, Son Of Noted Architect, Dies". 1952-09-16. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  8. ^ "Obituary 1 - No Title". 1917-05-17. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Former CBS Building: 630 North McClurg Court, Chicago, Illinois, 60611 United States". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19.
  11. ^ "2430 North Lakeview, Chicago". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  12. ^ Joy Monice Malnar; Frank Vodvarka (2004). Sensory Design. U of Minnesota Press. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-8166-3959-5. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  13. ^ Frank Alfred Randall (1999). The History of Development of Building Construction in Chicago. University of Illinois Press. p. 336. ISBN 978-0-252-02416-0. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  14. ^ "Archives and Special Collections - Archives and Special Collections - The Loyola Libraries' Subject Guides at Loyola University of Chicago". 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  15. ^ "Du Page County'S First Federal Building". 1932-03-27. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  16. ^ "Electric Drive Of Architect Sparks Career". 1948-04-25. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  17. ^ "Mccormick Memorial Is Dedicated". 1957-08-20. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  18. ^ "lst Division Museum Dedication Saturday". 1960-08-20. Retrieved 2012-07-31.