Donn Barber

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Donn Barber
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Donn Barber

(1871-10-19)October 19, 1871
DiedMay 29, 1925(1925-05-29) (aged 53)
Known for
Elsie Yandell (1874–1939)
(m. 1899)
RelativesLouise Serpa
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Donn Barber FAIA (October 19, 1871 – May 29, 1925) was an American architect.[1][2]


Elsie Yandell (1874-1939)

Barber was born on October 19, 1871 in Washington DC, the son of Charles Gibbs Barber, and the grandson of Hiram Barber.[3]

He studied at Holbrook Military Academy in Ossining, New York, and graduated from Yale University in 1893, where he was chairman of campus humor magazine The Yale Record[4] and a member of the Berzelius Society.

After Yale, he took post-graduate architectural courses at Columbia University, and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Paul Blondell and Scellier de Gisors. He was the ninth American student to receive a diploma.

After returning and serving apprenticeships in the offices of Carrere & Hastings, Cass Gilbert and Lord & Hewlett, he set up his own firm around 1900. In 1923, Barber was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.

In 1899 Barber married Elsie Yandell of Louisville, the sister of sculptor Enid Yandell.

He died on May 29, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2]


Barber's designs include:



  1. ^ a b c "Donn Barber". Time magazine. June 8, 1925. Archived from the original on June 6, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Donn Barb Dies In His Sleep At 53. Eminent Architect, Designer of the New Broadway Temple. President of New York Architectural League". The New York Times. May 30, 1925.
  3. ^ The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of United ... by James Terry White, Raymond D. McGill, H. A. Harvey, page 379
  4. ^ "Donn Barber". Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1924-1925. New Haven: Yale University. August 1, 1925. p. 1492.
  5. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Architecture, Volume 19, number 6, page 81
  7. ^ The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Volume 113, Issue 2, page 2150

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